Coast Guard veteran arrested after man beaten with baseball bat

Sunday Times Newspapers

A U.S. Coast Guard veteran was arrested for beating a man with a baseball bat Oct. 11 at Emmons and 4th Street.

According to the police report, the attacker, the victim and the victim’s mother were driving home from a local bar when the attacker began striking the victim — the driver — with the bat because he feared for his safety. He said the victim, who was driving, “was bouncing off cars and hitting trees.”

The victim told police he got out of the car at a stop sign to get away, but the attacker got out and continued to strike him. Arriving officers said they witnessed the victim get struck in the head.

Officers said they smelled alcohol on all three occupants of the vehicle.

The mother witnessed the attack but was unable to provide a credible story, due to intoxication, police said.

Upon further investigation, police found no damaged parked vehicles or tire tracks near any trees.

Police arrested the attacker and asked him for identification.

“I have my federal badge and credentials around my neck,” he reportedly told police.

It turned out the federal credentials were an expired U.S. Coast Guard identification from 2011. No badge was found.

The victim was taken to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital for treatment. He had a large laceration on the back of his head, which was bleeding profusely and appeared swollen. He also complained of shoulder pain and an ankle injury.

Charges against the attacker were dropped the next day, as the prosecution declined the warrant. The veteran  was then set free.

(Charity B. Smith can be reached at arrested after man beaten with baseball bat