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Ventura landlord-tenant dispute turns violent

June 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 54-year-old Ventura man was arrested Sunday night when a landlord-tenant argument of words quickly escalated to physical violence.Officers were called to the 1900 block of Tanager Street at around 10:43 p.m. upon receiving reports of a landlord-tenant dispute. Upon evaluation of the situation, investigators decided that there was no crime committed.

When the suspect, Matt Engeman, was told of the officers' conclusions, he "intentionally bumped into" the victim, as described in police reports.

Officers witnessed this event and told Engeman that if he didn't stop what he was doing, he could be arrested for battery. Police say Engeman then became enraged and hit the victim in the face without warning with a video camera he was holding.

When officers took Engeman to the ground and arrested him, he allegedly began hurling racial slurs toward the victim and threatened to physically harm him. The victim, who police did not identify, suffered a bloody nose, a cut lip and three loose teeth.

Engeman was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, resisting an officer and a misdemeanor hate crime charge. He remains in custody at the Ventura County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.


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