CLARK COUNTY —
He said that Arnold then grabbed a two-by-four piece of wood about four feet long and began his assault.
“Mr. Arnold began beating [the man] with the piece of wood, nearly knocking him unconscious on several occasions,” the deputy noted in the police report.
The man told the deputy that Arnold struck him with the piece of wood on his head, arm, neck, back and rib area. He said the assault took place for nearly 10 minutes.
“While beating [the man] with the wood, Mr. Arnold stated that he was going to kill him, and that he was not going to leave alive,” according to statements in the police report. “[Arnold] stated that he planned on putting him in the wood furnace to burn to death.”
The man told the deputy that he began praying to God because he sincerely thought he was going to die.
He said that as the assault was taking place, one of the men blocking the door approached Arnold and told him to stop. The shop owner then came into the area and became angry about what was occurring, the man told the deputy, adding that the shop owner had no idea what had been taking place.
According to the police report, the man then fled from the then-unsecured door and ran the nearly two miles back to his home. He was later taken to the hospital by a friend.
After taking the victim’s account from the hospital, the deputy contacted Arnold on the phone.
Arnold told the deputy that he had not been to Clarksville the day the assault took place. He said that he had gone to the victim’s home during the day, and only a verbal argument had taken place before he left the home by himself. The deputy then spoke to each of the women who were in the man’s house when Arnold had come to the residence.