An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for allegedly striking a man in the face with a golf club Oct. 17.

Eldon Ray Baldwin, 34, was referred for aggravated battery, mayhem and criminal damage to property in connection with the assault.

According to the report, Baldwin was vandalizing cars in the parking lot of the Microtel Inn in Tomah.

When the owner of one of the cars approached Baldwin, he allegedly hit the owner in the face with a golf club. The victim told police he sustained multiple fractures to his nose that would likely require surgery. He also said he needed multiple stitches for his upper lip, lower lip and nose.

Police were told that Baldwin was dropped off at a Mubarak Street residence. A resident told police she asked Baldwin to leave, and Baldwin wasn’t at the residence when police arrived.

Another person at the residence said he witnessed the incident. He told police Baldwin was drunk and “can’t handle his alcohol.” He said Baldwin delivered a “sucker punch” to the victim.

A warrant was issued for Baldwin’s arrest. Police received a tip that Baldwin was working in Wisconsin Dells, but no arrest had been made as of Oct. 28.

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Tomah Journal editor Steve Rundio can be reached at steve.rundio@lee.net.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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