Man Hit in the Head with Baseball Bat in Longmont, Police Say
A Westminster man was arrested after he reportedly hit another man in the head with a baseball bat on Sunday night.
Victor Manuel Marruffo, 20, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree and second-degree assault and remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail pending a bond hearing on Monday.
According to an arrest affidavit, police were called to Centennial Lanes bowling alley, 110 Ninth Ave., at 7:15 p.m. Sunday after Marruffo reportedly hit Jeromie Arellano in the head with a bat.
Police said Marruffo fled the scene, but officers were able to locate him in the 1200 block of Meadow Street, and he was initially arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Arellano was taken to Longmont United Hospital, where doctors say he suffered a laceration to the top of his head and a concussion. The doctors said that the laceration posed a “substantial risk of permanent disfigurement,” while Arellano was also at risk for “protracted loss or impairment of the function of his brain.”
After learning of the severity of the injuries, police added the charge of first-degree assault, though the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office will make the final decision on charges later this week.
Neither Arellano nor Marruffo told police what the reported fight was about or how they knew each other. The only statement Arellano made to the police was saying the situation was a “set up,” according to the affidavit.
Marruffo has previously pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a weapon in Boulder County.
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