Lincoln Police Captain Jake Dilsaver tells KLIN News officers were called to a residence near the intersection of 30th and T St. around 7:30 p.m. Monday after an argument between neighbors turned violent.
Dilsaver says the incident began earlier in the evening after one neighbor made disparaging comments about the other neighbors parenting abilities.
“During that confrontation, one person used a baseball bat to strike another person in the head area,” says Dilsaver.
After hitting the man with the bat, the suspect, who doesn’t live with either of the arguing parties, fled to a stranger’s house for refuge, but the family of the victim pursued him.
“The family of the victim, not knowing what his (the suspect’s) association was to the place where he had fled, vandalized some of the property there,” says Dilsaver. “The college kids who live there at 29th and T had no idea who he was when he said he was being chased and needed help.”
45-year-old Robert Garret was arrested for 2nd degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Dilsaver says one of the victim’s sons is facing a vandalism charge for the damage done to the home.
The 55-year-old man who was hit with the baseball bat suffered non-life threatening injuries.