AUSTIN - A man has been accused of assaulting another with a crowbar in what police said appeared to be a parking lot dispute over beer.
Court documents state that police were dispatched to the Super 8 Motel at 8128 Interstate Highway 35 on Wednesday after a caller requested emergency medical services for a person who had been assaulted and had a head wound.
Once police arrived on scene, the victim was found in the lobby with what they said were obvious deformities to his left forearm and he was bleeding from the back of his head. The victim advised that he was staying in town for a construction job with his father and that they had headed to the motel after work, began drinking beer in the parking lot when a group of men who also worked in construction invited him over to where they were grilling a few parking spots over.
Documents state that the man who invited the victim over reportedly told him he could have a couple of their beers. Once he walked over to the cooler to get one, the victim said he was confronted by another male identified as Roland Martin Diaz, 40.
The victim said that Diaz was mad that he had joined their group and told him that he had purchased the beer. He said he told Diaz he did not want any trouble and after arguing with him, Diaz picked up a large metal pipe and struck him multiple times.
Police said witnesses advised that there was a crow bar next to the barbeque pit used to stoke the coals and that this was what Diaz used to strike him.
The victim said he remembered putting his left arm up to block the attack and then getting struck in the back of the head, causing him to fall to the ground. He said Diaz struck him a few more times and then told him to get up, though the victim said he couldn’t and he remained on the ground.
Police said one of Diaz’s coworkers was able to get him to stop and Diaz threw the crow bar in the back of his truck and left the scene with a friend.
Documents state that the victim was transported to the hospital for his injuries and that he sustained two broken bones in his left forearm that required surgery to repair, two broken ribs and a lacerated spleen. His head injuries also required multiple staples.
Police said the victim later identified Diaz out of a lineup. Diaz was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.
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