Richmond police arrested a man for second-degree assault (domestic violence) Sunday after officers were called to Sizemore Drive in reference to a domestic dispute.

The caller told dispatchers a man was beating another person and removed the man from the victim, according to a citation. The man then left area on foot with a cane and was last seen across the street.

Officers arrived and found Ronald Rice, 53, Dixie Plaza, Richmond, across the street with a cane and recent injuries on his arms and face.

Rice said he was at the home where the assault occurred to retrieve some of his items. He said when he entered, the victim told him to leave and "'went off' on him like a 'weedeater,'" the citation states. He then became uncooperative and wouldn't elaborate about what happened.

He also changed his statements and recanted statements, and he told police he did not hurt the victim.

Officers went to talk with the victim, who was bleeding and being examined by Madison County EMS, the citation states.

The victim said they were in the bedroom when Rice entered their home, and they told him to leave. The victim said he then called them names and hit them three or four times with the cane. The victim fell, and they started clawing at his face in self-defense.

Another person then entered to home and prevented Rice from further hurting the victim, according to the citation.

Rice was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Tuesday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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