Man Beats Elderly Neighbor With Bat Over Nail Clippings
Via Naples News reports:
Bill Newell only talked to Christopher Michael East once before deputies say the 39-year-old Naples man beat him to a bloody pulp Tuesday with a baseball bat.
The 75-year-old Naples man didn’t know a late afternoon nail cutting session outside his apartment would result in an eight-hour emergency room stint at North Naples Hospital — along with a stolen manicure set.
“When someone beats you up with a baseball bat, you don’t recover right away,” he said.
East, of the 1400 block of Pompei Lane, is facing charges of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and unarmed robbery.
Around 1:40 p.m., East told Newell to “get off ‘his’ stairs,” but the 75-year-old refused, and continued to sit on the steps clipping his nails “because he lives in the building.” He was later struck from behind, which resulted in a large laceration to the top of his head, according to the arrest report.
Deputies found Newell with bruised legs, and a bruised back, according to the report.
On Wednesday, Newell told the Daily News he was doing “OK.” Deputies found him lying bloodied in the fetal position nearby, with the Louisville Slugger approximately two feet away.
Before the incident, Newell said he’s only had one previous encounter with East.
Last year, Newell said he went upstairs to East’s apartment to inquire about his Comcast reception. When he answered, Newell said East curtly told him he had DIRECTV and promptly slammed the door.
Newell was in good spirits Wednesday after spending eight hours in the emergency room Tuesday.
“I just want to let the courts take care of everything,” he said.
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