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The Old Ohio Man Says He Had ‘living Daylights’ Expelled From Him About Joe Biden Sign

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An elderly Ohio man said he was assaulted at his home for having a Joe Biden sign on display in his yard.

“I had a guy come down here and just kick the living daylights out of me,” 84-year-old Bruce Barrick told a 911 dispatcher, according to audio obtained by Newsweek.

When the dispatcher asked if Barrick wanted paramedics to respond, he replied: “Well no, I think I’m all right, but hey, this guy’s an idiot!”

“Do you know what it was about, why he did it?” The dispatcher asked. “Well yes, it was about a political sign,” Barrick replied. “Oh my goodness gracious,” the dispatcher responded.

A sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Barrick’s residence in Zero Street in Coshocton on October 22, according to a report from the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office seen by Newsweek.

Deputy Tyler Mann wrote in the report that, on arrival, he observed Barrick bleeding from the top of his right hand and the left side of his face.

Campaign signs for democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are posted in front of a home next to Halloween decorations in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 19, 2020.
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Barrick told the officer that an acquaintance, 69-year-old Melvin Wallace, had stopped by a few days before and asked why he had a Biden sign in his front yard.

Barrick said Wallace became angry so the 84-year-old shut the door and told him to leave, the officer wrote in the report.

Wallace showed up at his home again on October 22, Barrick said, and approached him as he was getting out of his car. Barrick said he again told Wallace to leave and that he was attacked.

A neighbor who witnessed the confrontation told police that Wallace was “punching and kicking” Barrick, Mann noted in his report. Barrick was later transported to hospital after Mann requested emergency services respond to the scene.

The report added that when the officer later spoke with Wallace about the encounter, he admitted he had visited Barrick prior to the day of the alleged assault.

He told Mann he was angry about the way he had been treated during an earlier visit. He said he stayed angry for a few days and decided to return to Barrick’s home.

Wallace said when he was told to leave again, he “became angry and the two got into a fight,” the report read.

When the officer asked about Barrick’s injuries, Wallace first said that they may have been caused by Barrick’s glasses. He later conceded they may have been inflicted during the alleged assault, the report added. It also stated that, when asked, Wallace said he was not hurt in the incident.

After that conversation, the officer said Wallace had sent him a statement in which he claimed self-defense. “At no point during our conversation the day prior did Melvin ever mention being touched and or assaulted by Mr. Barrick,” Mann said.

The sheriff’s office has charged Wallace, of West Lafayette, Ohio, with assault, a first-degree misdemeanor offense. His next court hearing is scheduled for November 18.

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