Two Blackfoot men were arrested Monday after they reportedly attacked a neighbor with a wooden rolling pin, then dragged him to their apartment and beat him.
Rick Jorden Doss, 24, was charged with aggravated battery while Austin Edenfield, 24, was charged with misdemeanor battery.
According to court records, Doss knocked on his neighbor’s apartment door and hit him in the head with a rolling pin when he answered. Edenfield then began hitting the victim and the two dragged him a few feet into Doss’ apartment.
The victim said he was attempting to fight back, but the suspects continued to hit him until his fiancee and her father entered and pulled the two off of him.
Court records state the victim had two welts on the back of his head and was bleeding from his nose, which was purple and swollen. The victim said he was dizzy, but declined to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
Blackfoot Police Department officers had responded to the apartments earlier that day for a disturbance during which Edenfield made threatening comments to the victim.
In a statement submitted to the court, the victim said police warned him to stay in his home, or the suspects might harm him. A statement from the victim’s girlfriend said the suspects had threatened to attack the victim once the police were gone.
Doss and Edenfield denied starting the fight and said that the victim had broken into Doss’ apartment to attack them. An officer said the door was damaged, but the door strike plate was still intact, and that it would have likely broken if there was a break-in.
After the assault, Edenfield said the victim was lucky not to be dead, and if he had been the one with the rolling pin, Edenfield said he wouldn’t have stopped hitting the victim.
Edenfield was released from jail on Tuesday. Aggravated battery is punishable with up to 15 years in prison. Misdemeanor battery is punishable with up to a year in jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled in Doss’ case for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 28. A pretrial conference is scheduled in Edenfield’s case for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9.
Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.