Man arrested for hitting victim with hammer during tailgating spot dispute

Posted at 1:52 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 14:52:31-05

A Houston man was arrested in College Station after he hit a 21-year-old with a hammer during a tailgating spot dispute on Friday.

Police said the argument began when 57-year-old Robert Patterson removed the 21-year-old's stakes from the ground that outlined the area claimed for tailgating at the football game the following day. 

When police arrived at the tailgating spot near the Texas A&M University Student Rec Center, the victim had a visible red spot on his arm from the hammer.

The victim told police he had completely set his stakes in the ground before Patterson arrived. Patterson then started to remove the victim's stakes and replace them with his own, causing the argument. 

The victim said Patterson threatened to hit him with the hammer several times before doing so.

Police believe Patterson had been drinking before the argument. He claimed he did not hit the victim with a hammer at first, but then later said he did hit him, but unintentionally.

Patterson was arrested on Friday afternoon for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He bonded out of the Brazos County Jail on Saturday on a $26,000 bond.

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