DECATUR, Ga. — Decatur Police said a man was hospitalized in critical condition after he was struck in the head with a baseball bat on Saturday evening.

Police said officers initially responded to reports of an injured man in the 100 block of East Court Square at about 7:15 p.m. When they arrived, they discovered a man who witnesses told them had been struck with a baseball bat by another man.

According to police, witnesses gave officers a detailed description of the suspect and told them which way the suspect went.

Investigators said that a short time later, officers were able to find the suspect in the 100 block of Clairmont Avenue, and after a short foot chase, he was caught in a parking deck.

Police identified the suspect as 43-year-old Jerry Dean Johnson Jr. of Arizona. They said that Johnson and the victim were acquainted with each other, but a motive for the assault was not clear.

Johnson was booked into the DeKalb County Jail on aggravated assault charges, where he remained Sunday afternoon.


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