(MITCHELL) – Two men were arrested Thursday after Mitchell Police officers were called to a home in the 900 block of Crawford Street after a report of residential entry.
Police arrested 42-year-old Christopher Pruett, of 902 Crawford St., on charges of battery with a deadly weapon and battery and 31-year-old Garrett Bandy, of Salem, on charges of battery resulting in bodily injury, and strangulation.
When police arrived at approximately 9:27 p.m. Christopher Pruett reported he had been assaulted and choked.
Police say Pruett had redness and a small laceration on the bottom left side of his neck.
Police found broken pottery scattered across the couch and floor.
Pruett told police he had been assaulted by Bandy.
Pruett told police Bandy was on his front porch when he got into a verbal altercation with him. He then went into his home and closed the front door and sat down on his couch. Bandy then forced his way into Pruett’s home. Pruett stood up and Bandy pushed him back on the couch and put his hands around Pruett’s neck and started punching him in the face.
Pruett said he brought his legs up and tried to push Bandy away. He then grabbed a ceramic pumpkin and hit Bandy on the shoulder and was able to get away.
Bandy stumbled back and lost his glasses and began looking for them. He then left the home
He returned a few minutes later to retrieve some of his belongings. Bandy has been living at the home for about a month and Pruett had kicked him out two days before the fight.
Bandy told police Pruett would not let him retrieve his belongings and that is what started the fight.
Bandy told police Pruett called him names, had punched him in the face a couple of times, and pushed him against the door and that is how the door broke. The two then began to scuffle into the house. Bandy told police Pruett then hit him in the head with a vase and the fight stopped.
Bandy told police he tried to make up with Pruett and told him he was leaving. Bandy then called police after he left the home.