A Great Falls man was arrested for an alleged road rage assault involving a homemade billy club that sent one man to the hospital and injured two others.
Colton Fenner, 22, appeared in Cascade County District Court Thursday on three felony counts of assault with a weapon and felony criminal mischief.
Court documents state that on Friday, May 4, Fenner followed a Jeep that reportedly cut him off near the intersection of 9th Avenue South and 14th Street. Fenner allegedly followed the driver and two passengers for about 10 blocks to the 400 block of 9th Avenue South.
He then got out of his car, damaged the Jeep with his baton and punched the Jeep's driver, Alexander Conner, in the face through an open window, prosecutors allege. One of the passengers, Nikita Guza, then got out and tried to stop Fenner, who allegedly responded by punching her and hitting her twice with the club.
The second passenger, Mitchell Martin, also got out and Fenner allegedly hit him with the club as well, causing a cut above his lip and swelling to the face. The alleged victims gave police the assailant's license plate number, which they attempted to memorized after the altercation. Police were able to track Fenner down by finding a license plate that was one number off but matched the description of the truck the assailant was driving.
Fenner was interviewed by police on Wednesday, and he allegedly admitted to punching the driver, hitting the Jeep with his club and hitting Martin with the weapon. Fenner also allegedly told police that he only pushed Guza away with his hand and that he didn't punch her or hit her with the club.
Police reports state that Fenner caused more than $3,000 in damage to the Jeep. Police charged him with one count of assault with a weapon for each alleged victim and criminal mischief for the vehicle damage. Although the driver, Conner, reported only being punched, police still charged Fenner with a more stringent weapon charge for that assault since the driver reported that Fenner threatened him with the club by raising it toward him. District Judge Julie Macek set Fenner's bond amount at $20,000.
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