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Kennewick Tire Iron Attack

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A man was hit in the head with a tire iron after he complained that people were urinating in his apartment complex's parking lot.

Police said a car broke down near the Highlander Apartment Complex on West 4th Avenue and men in the car got out and began urinating in the parking lot.

A tenant complained to the men and a fight broke out.  Police found the suspected attacker, 22-year-old Juan Antonio Contreras nearby and arrested him for first degree assault.

Kennewick Police Corporal Brian Weatherbee said, "He was charged with an assault in the first-degree which is a serious assault charge because you could actually kill someone by hitting them with something like a tire iron."

The victim was taken to Kennewick General Hospital and was not seriously hurt.  Police said Contreras is a documented gang member and so far the other men involved have not been identified.