2016-08-11 / Front Page

Man beaten with baseball bat by motorist

FROM STAFF REPORTS


Leonard Leonard PARSONSFIELD — A motorcyclist who stopped on Chase Road Tuesday when he recognized a man in a parked vehicle sustained visible injuries when the man beat him with a baseball bat, according to police.

The victim told sheriff ’s deputies that the driver of the car, Scott Leonard, then threatened to shoot him, and as he was running away, he heard a single gunshot.

Leonard, 40, of Effingham, New Hampshire, was located in that town after deputies issued an “all points” bulletin, and was taken into custody by authorities there.

York County Sheriff William King on Wednesday said Leonard was held at Carroll County Jail awaiting extradition to Maine. He is charged in Maine with three felonies: reckless conduct with a firearm, aggravated assault and aggravated criminal mischief.

The incident took place around noon Tuesday.

King said the victim told deputies that when he stopped his motorcycle, Leonard quickly emerged from his car and began assaulting him with a baseball bat.

“The blows knocked him off his motorcycle – when the barrage of blows stopped, the victim observed that Leonard was pointing a black pistol at him, threatening to shoot him,” King said in a statement. “The victim ran off and heard a single gunshot.”

The victim sought assistance from a nearby residence, and after calling police, returned to the site with the occupant of the house to retrieve his motorcycle, King said.

“While doing so, Leonard returned to the scene,” King said. “The victim yelled that he had summoned the police, and Leonard drove off toward New Hampshire.”

King said responding deputies found the victim injured, but he refused medical assistance. The motorcycle had several dents consistent with being struck by a baseball bat, he said, and a single 9-millimeter firearm shell casing was recovered at the scene.

King did not say how the victim and alleged perpetrator knew each other. He said deputies are continuing their investigation and trying to determine the motive behind the assault.

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