URBANA — A Rantoul man was charged Thursday with aggravated battery for allegedly hitting and cutting a man in Urbana Wednesday morning.
Urbana police Lt. Bob Fitzgerald said a 40-year-old man called police to the Gabe's Place Apartments, 1507 E. Washington St., U, to report he had been attacked.
Fitzgerald said the man, who works for Gabe's Place, was out cutting grass and had his stereo on just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. Two other men in the building, apparently upset over the volume of the music, began pounding on the man's door. Another neighbor then went to find the man who was mowing.
The upset men confronted the man who had been mowing. One man got a butcher knife, which he used on the victim.
Fitzgerald said the victim received superficial cuts to his arms, face, hand, and above the ear but did not seek medical treatment.
Police arrested Mariano Lopez-Gabriel, 47, who gave an address in Rantoul, for aggravated battery. He is due back in court May 29. A second man arrested with him was not criminally charged by the state's attorney's office.
Fitzgerald said it appeared the men arrested had been drinking.