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North Augusta man charged in violent attack involving twin brother in April

May 2, 2019

A North Augusta man was charged after police investigated a physical assault between him and his twin brother at their family business on Pineview Avenue last month.

Larry Altman, 55, of the 100 block of Cottonwood Court, is charged with second-degree assault and battery, according to jail records.

On April 26, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 10 a.m. to Altman Cabinets on Pineview Avenue and met the victim, who is Altman’s twin brother, according to the report.

The altercation between the two brothers began with an argument about a 21-year-old employee making “errors” while working.

The victim claimed the argument got the suspect in an angry state, leading him to start “slinging cabinet doors” around the room. The suspect approached the victim, while holding a “putty knife,” the report states.

The victim started backing away. He threw a cup of soda directly at the suspect in a failed attempt to get the suspect to stop coming after him, the report said.

The altercation allegedly became physical when the suspect “jumped” on the victim and used his fist to strike the victim in his face and head multiple times, according to the report.

An employee got between the two men to separate them, police reported.

The suspect fled the scene before deputies arrived.

Investigators reported seeing a “small visible abrasion” on the victim’s cheek under his right eye, which he claimed to have received from the putty knife.

Altman was found by deputies at his home, where he was questioned and admitted to investigators a physical fight with the victim had occurred, police reported.

He was arrested on April 26 and taken to the Aiken County detention center.