Longmont Man Accused of Attempted Murder After Hitting Brother with Bat
A Longmont man is facing an attempted murder charge after police say he hit his brother in the head with a baseball bat repeatedly.
Justin Ruiz Harvey, 19, was arrested early Friday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault.
Harvey will make his first court appearance Friday afternoon in Boulder County Jail.
According to a probable cause arrest affidavit, Harvey called police dispatchers around midnight and told them he had broken his brother’s skull.
When an officer arrived at the family home on Frontier Street, she found Harvey’s brother and mother in the bathroom. The brother had an injury on the back of his head, according to the affidavit. He was taken to Longmont United Hospital, where physicians told police he had suffered a serious bodily injury.
Officers found Harvey upstairs holding a gun to his chest. He was arrested without incident, the affidavit states.
According to the affidavit, Harvey told police that he and his brother have a “toxic relationship.” Harvey said he was trying to sleep upstairs but kept hearing his brother talking downstairs. He told his brother to be quiet.
When his brother continued talking, Harvey said he grabbed a baseball bat and hit his brother in the back of the head five or six times, according to the affidavit. Harvey told police that he was trying to get his brother to shut up and was feeling thoughts of “anger, frustration and hopelessness” at the time, the affidavit states.
According to court records, Harvey has no previous criminal history in Colorado.
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