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Dispute over money turns into fight, police say

Robert Perryman, 23, of Sacramento was arrested Friday night on felony assault charges after he allegedly beat another man with a baseball bat.

Lt. Roger McIntyre of the Merced Police Department said the 8:24 p.m. assault took place in a store parking lot in the 1100 block of West Main Street. The victim was treated at the scene by Riggs Ambulance paramedics and was later transported to the Community Campus of Mercy Medical Center Merced for further evaluation. Hospital staff later informed police the victim received a broken right arm and numerous other bruises and abrasions.

Perryman remained Sunday night in Merced County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery causing serious bodily harm and a misdemeanor warrant.

Officers Emily Christensen and Nathan McKinnon were assisting other officers on a vehicle search in that block when they were contacted by a citizen reporting a fight in progress. They witnessed Perryman hitting another man with a baseball bat.

Both officers ordered Perryman to drop the bat several times but it wasn't until they drew their duty weapons and Taser that Perryman complied.

Witnesses said that Perryman struck the victim at least 15 times with the bat. The victim complained of pain to his right arm and other areas of his body. The victim also told officers that he was knocked unconscious and could not remember any other details of the attack.

Perryman told officers the victim had stolen $200 from his apartment a couple of days prior to this incident. Perryman said that he was attempting to get his money back when the fight broke out.