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Man Critical After Getting Beaten With Bike Pump
DAYTON -- A Dayton man is in critical condition in the hospital, after getting severely beaten with a metal bicycle pump.
The victim, James Heflin, 69, is in the Intensive Care Unit after getting beaten in the head and face with the pump in a front yard on Edison Street.
"It was extremely violent and unnecessary. We do believe alcohol played a role," Dayton Police Sgt. Larry Tolpin said.
Police arrested Danny Beaty, 66. Police say he admitted to the beating. He's locked up in the Montgomery County Jail facing felonious assault charges.
Police said the two men were hanging out together when they got into an fight over the victim's wife.
She was there and called 911.
Caller: "A man is out here beating my husband to death."
Caller: "Please get the paramedics over here, please quick."
Dispatcher: "Is the guy is still there? Is he still hurting him?"
Caller: "Yeah. Yes. They're on their way. Danny please don't hit him. Please Danny."
When police arrived, detectives said Beaty was still holding the bike pump, and hitting the victim
"The attack was unrelenting, and the arriving officers had to intervene to stop it." Sgt. Tolpin said.
George Holmes is Heflin's best friend.
"I hate to see what happened to him. I don't think he deserved it," Holmes said. "I hope he hurries up and comes back home because I miss him."
Holmes said Heflin is a grandfather and hopes he will survive the attack.
"All I can say is pray for him," Holmes said.
In 2011, James Heflin was accused of fatally stabbing a 14 year old. He claimed self-defense and was acquitted of all charges.
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