Social distancing argument ends in fight at Home Depot

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Updated: May. 19, 2020 at 9:12 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Things got a little too close for comfort at a local home improvement store.

According to an incident report, Jonesboro police responded to a fight in progress shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Home Depot, 711 E. Parker Rd.

Once on scene, officers discovered the victim reportedly had “violated social distancing recommendations” and was hit by Charles Tyrone Brown, 69, of Jonesboro.

Brown told police he asked the 71-year-old victim to step back away to follow social distancing guidelines, but the victim reportedly told him “that wasn’t going to happen.”

After refusing to back away a second time, Brown alleged that the victim placed their hand on a holstered firearm they were carrying. Feeling threatened, Brown said he hit the victim with a boxed Dremel tool.

The victim fell to the ground, hitting his head on the concrete floor. According to the report, the victim suffered a small cut just above his left eye.

Neither man was arrested or cited, but both were advised of the affidavit process.

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