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Bloomington man allegedly attacked with a piece of two-by-four lumber

Police are investigating an alleged Sunday morning attack at the Crawford II apartment complex where a man was hit on the head with a two-by-four piece of lumber.

The Bloomington Police Department received a call Monday around 3:15 p.m. about a man suffering from a head wound. Once police arrived at the apartments, the 31-year-old victim told officers the attack happened around 2 a.m. Sunday in his friend’s room on the third floor, Sgt. Dana Cole said.

The victim was hanging out in his friend’s apartment when another man, who the victim knew, came in looking for a fourth individual, the victim said. The man didn’t find who he was looking for, and began to punch the victim in the face and hit him with a two-by-four, Cole said.

When asked by officers why he was attacked, the victim could not think of any motives. The suspect told the victim that money was owed to someone and they better pay, which the victim said confused him.

The victim told officers his girlfriend had borrowed money from someone approximately five years ago, but that is the only connection he said he could think of, Cole said.

Officers interviewed the friend whose apartment the attack allegedly occurred at, Cole said. The man claimed he was not there during the attack, that he had been drinking and that he was told the victim had been attacked in the hallway with a hatchet.

On Tuesday morning, officers responded to an anonymous caller who told them the suspect lived on the fourth floor of the same apartment building. Police went to the reported room and heard noises inside, but no one answered.

Downstairs, an apartment employee pointed out the car the suspect had driven up in to officers, Cole said. They ran the plates and were able to get a name and more information on the suspect. 

While talking with officers, the victim told them his wounds had been treated but he was later transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Cole said.

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