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Suspect charged in baseball bat attack

A Fort Wayne man told police he never hit anyone with a baseball bat in mid-June and that he was instead the one who was hit.

Paul R. Lytle, 32, of the 5400 block of Old Maumee Road, told police he took the bat from the man claiming to be the victim after that person hit Lytle with the bat, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday.

Lytle faces one count each of battery and criminal recklessness.

The man allegedly on the receiving end of the blows from the bat and a witness, however, told police Lytle hit him unprovoked.

The victim told police he went to visit a friend in New Haven and when he went to get out of the car he was started by Lytle standing there with a bat and was suddenly hit with it.

Lytle was not in custody but a warrant was issued for his arrest.

cmeyers@jg.net

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