A dispute over scrap metal ended with one man clubbing another with a 10-foot pipe, said.
The pipe-wielding scrap-seller, 33-year-old James Turner of 2030 Princess Court in Lockport, was apprehended after employees of Berlinsky Scrap rushed to their forklifts and boxed in his truck, police said.
Turner was at the 212 Page Ave. scrap yard about 3:45 p.m. Monday when he got into a dispute with a Berlinsky employee, police said.
Turner then fetched the 10-foot pipe out of his truck and struck the employee, police said. He reportedly connected with the employee's shoulder and succeeded in knocking off and breaking the man's glasses.
After hitting and flooring the man with the pipe, police said, Turner punched him.
That's when the other Berlinsky workers took to their forklifts and barricaded Turner's truck, cutting off his escape.
Turner reportedly told the police it was actually the worker who came at him with the pipe, and that he managed to disarm and punch him in self-defense. Surveillance video reportedly contradicted this account.
Turner was on a charge of aggravated battery. In addition to locking him up, the police seized the pipe as evidence, so Turner can't even sell it for scrap.