Police: Man uses metal kettle to bash friend in head and face

Night of drinking turns violent

By Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor
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LA PORTE, Texas - A night of drinking turned violent between friends when one of them brutally beat the other with a metal kettle, according to La Porte police.

Joseph Hanson, 24, was charged with aggravated assault.

Hanson and another man went to a friend's house on July 23 to drink and hang out. At some point, Hanson and his friend got into an argument and the friend ordered him to leave. When Hanson would not leave, the friend grabbed a knife and ordered him to leave again, investigators said.

Instead of leaving the home, Hanson grabbed a metal kettle and began to beat his friend.

The victim said Hanson struck him repeatedly in the back of his head, and at least twice in the face after he fell to the floor.

After the attack, the victim was transported to the emergency room, where he received 11 staples to the back of the head and many butterfly bandages for his facial lacerations. The victim said as a result of the beating, the vision in his left eye may be blurred permanently.

When questioned by police, Hanson said he armed himself with the kettle in self defense because the victim had a knife, but the victim said he had already thrown the knife to the floor before Hanson struck him with the kettle, according to documents.

The other man who was hanging out with the two corroborated that account, saying the victim was not holding the knife during the assault.

Police said the kettle is 10 inches in diameter, weighs between one and two pounds, and is capable of causing serious bodily injury and death.

They arrested Hanson. No bond has been set.

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