Neighbors fight with baseball bats on front porch in Oklahoma City

Two neighbors fought with baseball bats outside one man's house Friday. One of the men was arrested on a complaint of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after witnesses said he entered the other man's home and acted drunk and aggressive.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: January 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm •  Published: January 28, 2013
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One man was arrested after two neighbors fought with baseball bats on a front porch west of downtown, Oklahoma City police said Monday.

Joseph A. Gutierrez, 42, was arrested on a complaint of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon about 3:45 p.m. Friday after the incident at 212 N Blackwelder.

According to a police report, Gutierrez's neighbor, Cirenio Torres, 46, had left his front door open because his children were playing in the front yard. Witnesses said Gutierrez walked in the front door and tried to make conversation with the family, while appearing to be drunk.

Torres yelled at Gutierrez to get out of his house and eventually tried to push him out the door after he refused to leave and acted aggressively. Gutierrez fell and landed on Torres' 9-month-old stepson, which prompted Torres to start punching him, the report said.

Gutierrez ran out of the house and walked to his own house two doors down, where he got a baseball bat. He walked back toward the Torres home with the bat, and Torres grabbed a bat of his own and met him on the front porch.

The two men fought with baseball bats, and Gutierrez eventually ran away and went back to his house.

Both men were injured, police said. Gutierrez had significant head injuries and was taken to the hospital where he was treated before being taken to jail.

Torres had injuries to his hand and face but refused treatment from paramedics, saying he would drive himself to the hospital.


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