A Richmond man charged with assault and burglary after welding a golf club as a weapon, has filed a counter assault charge against the alleged victim in the case.

Thomas S. Fagan, 26, was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary and second-degree assault Saturday in connection with an incident which occurred at an apartment on High Street.

Police reports indicated that a male victim, now identified as Ryan Floyd, and Fagan had become involved in a dispute over a parking space in front of the complex.

“The two scuffled briefly before Floyd attempted to end the confrontation by entering his apartment,” Sgt. Willard Reardon said earlier this week. “However, Floyd reported that Fagan followed him into his apartment and would not leave when instructed to.”

Police reports also said that Fagan allegedly attacked Floyd inside the apartment, but Floyd was able to restrain Fagan. When Floyd released Fagan, he instructed the suspect to leave his apartment, but Fagan allegedly refused to leave.

“Floyd reportedly told Fagan that if he attacked him again, the victim would defend himself and retrieved a golf club to protect himself from further attacks,” Reardon said. “At that point, Fagan grabbed the golf club in the victim’s possession and struggled with the victim for control of the club.”

A roommate of Fagan’s then allegedly brought a golf club into Floyd’s apartment and handed it Fagan, police said.

Before Floyd was able to push Fagan out of the apartment, Fagan allegedly struck Floyd above the left eye with the golf club he had acquired, police said.

Floyd was treated and released from Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center for the laceration he suffered during the scuffle.

Officers arrested Fagan the following day at his residence at the same apartment complex on High Street.

Fagan, who was not injured in the incident, was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, but was later released Sunday on a $2,500 unsecured bond (third party).

Fagan filed a counter assault charge against Floyd for his part in the attack on Monday, Sgt. Willard Reardon said.

“There are two witnesses’ statements being evaluated in the case, ones not taken from the roommates,” Reardon said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

Heather Harris can be reached at hharris@richmondregister.com or by phone at 624-6694 or 893-2341.

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