Police: Durham man charged after hitting man with baseball bat, damaging car in Meriden

Police: Durham man charged after hitting man with baseball bat, damaging car in Meriden



MERIDEN — A Durham man has been charged with assault after police say he struck a man in the head with a baseball bat last month.

John Shemet, 21, of 312 Main St., Durham, was arrested on Nov. 17 and charged with second-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief and breach of peace. 

The investigation began on Oct. 13 when police were called to MidState Medical Center for a man that was assaulted and had a head injury.

The injured man told police he was driving on West Main Street by Chamberlain Highway when a car driven by Shemet pulled next to his, according to Shemet’s arrest warrant. Shemet began yelling at a passenger in the assault victim’s car and the two vehicles drove into the parking lot of McDonald’s. Shemet then got of the car with a baseball bat and broke the car’s mirror. 

The two vehicles then met again at Ceppa Field. The assault victim said when he got of of the car, Shemet began swinging a baseball bat, the report said. The man punched Shemet and Shemet then hit him in the head and back with the bat.

At the hospital, police observed the man had to have five staples in his head and suffered back and neck injuries.

Shemet was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. The judge set bond at $25,000 and continued the case to Jan. 12. Shemet was ordered not to have contact with the injured man. 


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