Police: York man attacked friend in lottery ticket dispute

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJune 4, 2013 

— A York man faces assault charges after deputies say he attacked his friend during a dispute over a lottery ticket this weekend.

Deputies on Saturday night were dispatched to a Clematis Trail home, where they spoke with a man, 27, who said his friend, David Smith, punched him in his face after they argued about a lottery ticket, a York County Sheriff’s report states.

The man told deputies Smith, 26, gave him permission to scratch the ticket, but then became angry when he did and demanded money from him to pay for the ticket, according to the report. When the man refused, Smith allegedly hit him.

Deputies said the right side of the man’s face was swollen and bruised, and it was clear he had been hit, the report states. Deputies found Smith, “who appeared to be under the influence of some substance,” according to the report.

Smith said he hit his friend in self-defense after the man pushed him, the report states. Deputies arrested Smith and charged him with third-degree assault and battery. He was released from jail Sunday on a $470 bond.

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