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Police: Man assaulted with bat, knife while sleeping at own home

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police arrested a man they say used a bat and knife to beat another man who was asleep in his bed at his Wilmington home early Sunday.

When officers got to 1216 S. 8th Street just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, they say they discovered a man badly beaten and covered in blood. Police say the man who was beaten, Elvis Romero, told them he was asleep in his bed until he was suddenly awaken by the assault by a man they say he recognized.

Police say Romero was home alone when Bryce A. Meinert came inside his home, beating him with both a bat and using a knife to cut him in the leg. During the assault, police say Meinhert demanded money from Romero.

Officers say Romero suffered severe blows to the head and face, sending him to the hospital where he is still recovering. Police say they later found Meinert, 20, on Tennessee Avenue after taking out warrants for his arrest. Meinert faces robbery and assault charges, and is in jail under $150,000 bond.


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