ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - One man is hospitalized after being attacked with a hammer, and another man is now in jail, accused in the incident.
St. Louis Police were called to the 4900 block of Arlington Avenue just after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday by neighbors who said there was a man lying in the street with a severe head injury.
Officers arrived and found the 55 year old victim bleeding in the street, with obvious swelling to the face and head.
Authorities were told the two men were arguing over a cigarette lighter which led to a fistfight between the victim and the 54 year old suspect.
That suspect went to his vehicle and got a hammer, then began beating the victim over the head, before returning to the truck and leaving the man in the middle of the street.
Police located the suspect several blocks away at Arlington and Lillian where he was taken into custody.
The victim remains hospitalized with critical injuries. No names have been released at this time.