Police: Muncie man attacks brother with sledgehammer during argument

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Steven Adkins

4 Fast Facts

  • Fight between brothers involves sledgehammer
  • Men had argument early Saturday morning after going to tavern
  • One brother hit with sledgehammer; other brother bitten in response
  • Charges in the case include battery, public intoxication and disorderly conduct

MUNCIE, Ind. (Feb. 23, 2016) – A Muncie man is accused of attacking his brother with a sledgehammer.

Police were called to a home early Saturday in response to a fight after Steven Adkins called dispatchers to say his brother had bitten him. When officers arrived, they found Adkins in the 3300 block of East 15th Street.

According to court documents, he yelled to officers that his brother had bitten him in the chest.

Police located his brother, Henry, who had blood on his lips, an open cut above his right eye and a red nose. He also had a cut above his left eye, police said.

Henry Adkins told them he and his brother, Steven Adkins, had gone to the Oasis tavern to play pool and drink. However, Steven began picking fights with customers, so they left, according to court documents.

When they returned home, Henry asked if he could sleep in the garage. However, Steven thought the garage was his room and argued with his brother. He then picked up the sledgehammer and threatened his brother before striking him in the face. He placed the handle against his Henry’s throat, making it difficult for him to breathe, court documents said.

In response, his brother bit his chest. The two continued to fight until being ordered to leave the residence.

Investigators found blood on the sledgehammer handle and said furniture in the garage had been flipped over. They also saw a broken window.

Steven Adkins faces several charges in the case, including intimidation, strangulation, battery resulting in bodily injury, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

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