LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a man is in a nursing home, partially paralyzed after he was brutally attacked by a Louisville man.

According to an arrest warrant, the assault took place on June 11. Police say 46-year-old Harry L. Smith got into an argument with the victim, and the argument turned physical. Smith allegedly began punching the victim, causing him to fall backward and hit his head on a bumper and trailer hitch.

Louisville Metro Police and EMS were called to the scene, but police say Smith ran away before they got there.

The victim was taken to University Hospital, where it was determined that he suffered a spinal cord injury, resulting in partial paralysis.

"The victim is currently in a rehab/nursing home and will likely have to use a walker or wheelchair for the rest of his life," police say.

Police say the victim knew Smith only as "Mookie," but was able to identify him from a photo.

A warrant was issued for Smith's arrest on July 10. He was taken into custody later the same day.

He's charged with first-degree assault.

Smith is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.

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