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Police: Water dispute in Rock Hill neighborhood leads to baseball bat attack

By Nicole Smith – nsmith@heraldonline.com

ROCK HILL –

A Rock Hill man allegedly beat another man with a baseball bat Wednesday, sending him to the hospital, police say.

Deputies responded to a Lesslie Highway home Wednesday evening on reports of a disorderly person, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report. They found a man holding a bat and another man lying on the porch, covered in blood and bleeding from the head.

One of the home’s residents, a 38-year-old man, said he had hit the victim, also 38, because he refused to leave his property and swung at him first, the report states.

The victim is a neighbor and had come to the man’s home asking why there was no water. He refused to leave unless the man told him why there wasn’t any water.

The man said he stepped outside, and that’s when the victim hit him, the report states. He grabbed his bat and hit the victim multiple times because “he kept trying to get up.”

A witness confirmed the story, except she said that the victim had grabbed the screen door and shoved the man back into the home rather than on the porch.

The victim was taken to Piedmont Medical Center, the report states.

At the hospital, the victim told deputies he was at a friend’s house and noticed the water wasn’t working, according to the report. The friend said he’d had his problems with his neighbor, so the victim went over and asked about the water.

The man said he might turn the water on tomorrow, and that there might be something wrong with the well, the report states. He refused to let the victim come and fix it, telling him to get off his property.

The victim said he had turned to leave when he felt something hit the back of his head multiple times, according to the report.

Deputies noticed the victim’s head was swollen in several areas and sunken in others, the report states. He also had bruises on his body.

No charges have been filed.

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/04/26/3927347/police-water-dispute-in-rock-hill.html#storylink=cpy

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