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Police: Suspect said Claremont baseball bat assault stemmed from dispute over dog

  • Brad Young (Claremont Police photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/18/2020 10:01:34 PM
Modified: 11/18/2020 10:01:25 PM

CLAREMONT — A Claremont man who’s charged with attempted murder for allegedly beating his neighbor with a baseball bat Monday told police he wanted to intimidate the victim and took things “too far,” according to court documents.

Brad Young, 27, is being held without bail on one count of attempted murder, four counts of assault and one count of reckless conduct for the Monday morning incident, which police say stemmed from a dispute over his neighbor’s dog. The neighbor, Wendy Mitchell, 53, was taken to Valley Regional Hospital with lacerations to her face, according to police.

The hospital declined to release information on Mitchell’s condition Wednesday.

Officers were called to the apartment building where both Young and Mitchell live at 3 Factory St. in Claremont just before 10 a.m. Monday, according to an affidavit of the incident, written by Lucas Finamore, a Claremont police officer.

There they found Mitchell, who was bleeding from the face and who pointed to Young as the man who beat her, according to police. Officers told Young to step off the front porch but he refused and police immobilized him with a stun gun before taking him into custody.

During questioning, Young told officers he moved into the building around a year ago and that he had been having trouble with Mitchell’s dog, which he claimed had tried to bite other tenants.

Young said that he had “bottled up” his feelings for 11 months and that he bought the bat because he didn’t trust the dog, according to the affidavit.

He also alleged that he’d learned from someone else that Mitchell was making threats against him, according to the affidavit. On Monday morning, Young went to Mitchell’s apartment to “get some things straight” and brought the bat to intimidate her, he told police. The two got into an argument which ended with Young hitting Mitchell multiple times with the bat, according to the affidavit.

“I was just striking wherever,” he told police.

Nurses at the hospital said Mitchell will likely need stitches for the injuries, according to the affidavit.

Messages to the Claremont police chief regarding Mitchell’s condition were not returned Wednesday. Attempts to reach Mitchell for comment were unsuccessful.

An evidentiary hearing to determine whether Young will remain held without bail will likely be held within the next few weeks, according to prosecutors.

Anna Merriman can be reached at amerriman@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.

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