PD: Tempe hotel manager assaulted with bat

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Posted at 12:37 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 15:39:30-04

TEMPE, AZ — A Tempe hotel manager suffered a skull fracture after being struck with a baseball bat.

Tempe police report that on April 22 they responded to the Roadway Inn near Price Road and Apache Boulevard for an assault.

A witness reported to police that they saw a man, later identified as Natedon Henderson, 29, straddling the victim holding a baseball bat. The witness allegedly saw Henderson swing the bat "in a chopping motion" towards the victim’s head. The witness also reportedly saw Henderson punch the victim in the head and chest.

The witness says they tried to help the victim, but Henderson was able to hold the door closed to the office of the hotel.

Police say security video shows the hotel manager in a fight with a woman, believed to be Henderson's wife. At the same time, Henderson threw a computer monitor at the victim striking her in the head.

Court records show that the hotel manager sustained a skull fracture. Police also found a wooden baseball bat with a "quarter-sized dent on the bat with blood and hair where the dent was located."

Henderson reportedly told the police, "She (the manager) had the bat first." He also said his wife took the bat from the manager and hit her with it. Henderson claims his wife was the one that assaulted the worker, after an argument over a security deposit.

Henderson's wife was also arrested in the incident, but it's unclear what charges she is facing.

Henderson has been charged with aggravated assault.