SOUTH LYON, Mich. (WJBK) - The South Lyon Police Department said one teenager nearly killed a man when he almost beat a 26-year-old man to death with a baseball bat because of $7.
Malachi Collins, 18, was arrested for the assault that happened on July 30. According to police, the Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested him at a motel on U.S. 23 he was at with his girlfriend and her two children.
Police said the July 30 attack started after a dispute over $7 and some clothes that had been stolen. Police said they were called a home in the 200 block of Longfellow Street in South Lyon to a report of multiple people fighting - one of whom had a baseball bat.
Officers arrived and found the 26-year-old South Lyon man laying on the north side of the road. He was bleeding from his head and eyes and his face was swollen. Police said the wounds looked to have been caused by a blunt object.
Collins was one of multiple people interviewed at the scene. He told police that the victim and two other men confronted him over the cash and clothes. Collins maintained that he was defending himself but denied using a weapon.
Witnesses said the victim pounded on the door of a home and that a man walked out with a bat and hit the victim with it. They said he then chased him and hit him three more times.
Police found two bats in the home, one with blood on it.
A week later, an arrest warrant for Collins was issued and he was tracked down on Tuesday at the motel. Collins was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder.
The victim was put in a medically-induced coma the day after the fight. He's expected to survive but will require reconstructive surgery.