by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36
E-mail Glenn: GCounts@WCNC.com
Posted on March 22, 2010 at 6:53 PM
Updated yesterday at 7:23 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C.– A tire shop owner was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a customer with a baseball bat.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon at Watson’s Used Tire Store on Bradford Drive in west Charlotte.
The victim, who asked not to be identified, ended up with a bruised arm and back, plus stitches in the back of his head.
”I said ‘we woke up this morning and both these tires were flat,’” says the victim.
The victim says he got into an argument with Michael Watson, the owner of the tire shop.
Watson claims he tried to return some used tires the day before, and asked him for a receipt.
The man says he had just bought the tires the day before from Watson and named a competitor that would not have asked for proof.
”I’m looking at the schoolhouse, I hear somebody run up behind me, hit me across the back of my head and across my back.”
Watson allegedly hit the man with a baseball bat.
The store manager says Watson was just defending himself and that the customer was armed.
”From what we were told he was actually armed,” says manager Greg Lindsey.
Reporter: “With what?”
Lindsey: “We are not sure what it was.”
The victim says that’s not true.
He says he did not have a weapon and was ambushed.
”How did I get stitches in the back of my head, and bruises on my back? You know? I didn’t have no weapon! All we was doing was talking, and he’s supposed to be the owner of a business. It don’t call for nothing like that. He supposed to be the owner of a business,” says the victim.
Watson is 33-years-old.
He was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Police say he went home and returned with a .22 caliber rifle.
By that time the customer was on his way to the hospital, but police were still at the tire shop.