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POLICE: Man beaten with hammer in Phoenix Hill Tavern parking lot

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Larry Wharton (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Larry Wharton (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Jerron Martin (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Jerron Martin (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say two men have been arrested after they beat a man in the head with a hammer in the parking lot of the Phoenix Hill Tavern.

The alleged incident took place just before 3 a.m. Thursday.

Police say it started when they heard a woman screaming. The sounds were coming from the parking lot of the popular tavern, located at the corner of Baxter Avenue and East Broadway.

When officers arrived, they say they found 33-year-old Larry Wharton screaming at a man. Both of them had blood on them, and police say they had to pull Wharton off of the man.

According to the arrest report, witnesses told police that the victim was walking in the parking lot with a woman when Wharton almost hit them with a car. This started an argument between Wharton and the victim, and an accomplice, 28-year-old Jerron R. Martin.

That's when, police say, Wharton and Martin struck the victim multiple times in the head and the back with a claw hammer.

The victim was taken to University Hospital with a possible head injury, police say.

Both Wharton and Martin were charged with first degree assault, the arrest report states.

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