Brian Sanders, 29, was charged with assault. Dale Kelly, 41, ended up at the hospital.
The feud stemmed back to Nov. 16 — the day Sanders fired Kelly after finding several tires missing from his inventory.
“Dale was accused of allowing several tires to be stolen from the shop,” a Sandusky police report said. “The argument over the matter continued to this date.”
They’d been exchanging heated text messages for weeks when Kelly walked by the shop at about 12:30 Wednesday.
“As Dale was walking past Duke’s Detailing on the sidewalk in front of the business, Brian exited the business and he was carrying a stick or broom handle as he aggressively approached Dale,” a report said.
The two began to argue and Sanders cracked Kelly in the ribs with the stick.
Groaning, Kelly walked to a Sandusky police Officers who was fueling up at a nearby gas station.
"Dale lifted up his shirt and he showed me a visible mark with bruising and swelling which appeared to be fresh," a report said.
Sanders was unapologetic.
“Brian felt it was necessary and proper to hit Dale with the stick,” a report said.
Police arrested then released Sanders after he signed a recognizance bond.
Officers told both men to stay away from each other.