Police: Senior citizen arrested after apartment hallway fight escalates

Man suffers knife wound while trying to stop fight
Police: Senior citizen arrested after apartment hallway fight escalates

Two men who live in the same apartment building on Madison’s south side are facing charges following a fight in which a son of one of the men suffered a knife wound while trying to stop the fight, Madison police said.

Police said the two neighbors, Henry L. Martin, 72, and Paul L. Bailey, 80, have a rocky relationship, and they bumped in the hallway at about 5 p.m. Monday. Each claims the other initiated the fight, and when the incident was over, Martin was arrested on a substantial battery charge and taken to jail, and Bailey was cited for disorderly conduct, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

While the men were still in a common hallway of the apartment building in the 2000 block of Taft Street following the shoulder bump, Bailey pulled a 3-foot aluminum baseball bat from just inside his apartment, police said.

Bailey’s son, a 53-year-old from Madison, got in between the combatants in an attempt to keep the peace, but Martin said that Bailey cocked the bat, holding it with both hands, and was still able to hit the 72-year-old man’s shoulder, according to the incident report.

Police said Martin responded by going into his apartment and coming out with the knife.

Police said the 53-year-old son grabbed the knife away from Martin and suffered a deep cut to his hand. He needed 11 stitches to close the wound to his hand, police said.

A short time later, just prior to the arrival of police and paramedics, the feuding older men encountered one another one last time, near the trash area, police said.

Bailey evidently hit Martin with the top of a trash can, or what some have described as an ashtray, which led to the final fight, according to the police incident report.

Another man, age 57, finally separated the two as they wrestled on the floor of the apartment building’s trash room, police said.