An Adams man is facing assault charges for allegedly striking his brother in the head with a wrench during a dispute about missing tools.

The Berkshire Eagle reports Christopher Delorey, 45, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after the altercation in his garage.

The victim, Kevin Potter, told police that he and Delorey had gotten into an argument, which became physical when Delorey ripped his shirt.

Potter returned to the garage to work on his motorcycle while Delorey remained in the driveway and began throwing tools at Potter.

A tossed claw hammer did not strike Potter, but a pipe wrench struck him in the back of the head, causing a 3-inch laceration.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, but Potter declined transportation to the hospital. He later told police that he received five stitches to close the wound.

Delorey pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday to a single count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Bail was set at $1,000 cash.

Delorey is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 3 for a pretrial hearing.


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