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Man jailed after attack with hammer

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It was hammer time, although it shouldn’t have been. Now a Columbus man is facing the music.

Police say Timothy Lamont Parker objected to a 39-year-old man playing a harmonica on his own front porch. Parker was arrested Thursday, accused of striking the other man in the hand with a hammer.

Parker, 45, of 640 Union St., faces a felony charge of battery and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement for an attack that reportedly occurred about 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of Pearl Street. He was being held on $5,000 bond Friday at the Bartholomew County Jail.

The victim, who stopped playing and began to chase his attacker, whom he knew, developed a golf-ball size welt on his hand but refused medical treatment, said Lt. Matt Myers, public information officer for the Columbus Police Department.

Myers did not know which hand was struck.

Police Lt. Jeff Williams searched the area where the attacker was reported seen and found Parker hiding behind a car at Ninth and Sycamore streets, Myers said.

Myers said Parker, who carried two claw hammers in his pants, did not cooperate when ordered to put his hands behind his back and tried to pull away as police handcuffed him.

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