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June 26, 2014

Two accused of beating man with tool handles

GREENSBURG – Two men accused of attacking another with tool handles early Wednesday were arrested shortly after the incident and now face separate felony battery charges.

Police believe Darian M. Shaver, 20, and Patrick Sanders, 19, hit a resident of Briarwood Apartments with blunt objects during a scuffle following an argument late Tuesday night. The victim of the alleged attack, Matthew A. Creighton, of the 700 block of West Briarwood Way, was taken by ambulance to Decatur County Memorial Hospital for treatment of contusions to his head, hand and thigh, and was later released.

According to a police report filed in the Decatur Circuit Court Wednesday, the incident stemmed from a verbal argument that occurred between Creighton and Sanders late Tuesday.

Creighton and a friend told police they were sitting outside of Creighton’s apartment when Sanders approached them and asked if they had seen two little girls Sanders had dropped off at that apartment complex. Sanders said he was there to pick them up.

The conversation became antagonistic and Creighton and his friend stated they asked Sanders to leave.

A verbal argument ensued and the victim told police Sanders clinched his fists and took off his shirt in an aggressive manner.

Sanders returned with Shaver and a female juvenile a short time later, and each was armed with a blunt object.

A witness told police he saw Sanders, Shavers and the juvenile brandishing the weapons outside Creighton’s door. When Creighton answered, a scuffle ensued and he was injured.

The property manager, Sharon Tucker, arrived at the scene after a resident called and informed her of the incident. Tucker told police she saw all three suspects attacking Creighton and called out for them to stop. She said she saw Shaver and the juvenile “holding clubs in a threatening manner as if they were going to hit someone,” according to the report.

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