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Man attacked with toilet cover, guitar

  |   July 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM
LAS VEGAS, July 24 (UPI) -- Las Vegas police said they arrested a man accused of breaking into a neighbor's home and attacking him with a guitar and a toilet bowl lid.

Police said Ronald Hetzel, 41, allegedly broke into a neighbor's home in the Southern Highlands neighborhood by opening a window and struck the owner over the head with a wooden guitar and a porcelain toilet bowl lid during a confrontation, the Las Vegas Sun reported Tuesday.

Investigators said Hetzel, who was displaying "symptoms of excited delirium," also repeatedly tried to strangle the homeowner.

Police responded to a report of a man throwing objects out of the home and arrived to find Hetzel sitting on the curb. They said the suspect was not wearing a shirt and was "very hostile" toward an officer.

Hetzel, who attempted to flee but was tracked down and caught by a K9 officer, was arrested and charged with home invasion, burglary, attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon and battery with substantial harm.

The homeowner was treated for his injuries at St. Rose Domincan Hospital's Siena campus.

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