Charles Lablond 73, of 727 Front St., Apt. 203, was using a cane when Kelly R. Gagne answered his door Sept. 9 at 5:33 p.m., but when the senior rapped him across the head with it, he seemed pretty able.
A officer was dispatched to the address that night for a report of an assault. Upon arriving, he talked to Gagne, who said that Lablond had knocked on his door. When Gagne opened the door, he saw Lablond standing to the right of him. The older man proceeded to strike his neighbor with a wooden cane on the left side of the head, just above the ear.
The officer observed a 1 and 1/2-inch cut above Gagne's ear that was bleeding, and asked if he needed medical treatment, which Gagne refused. Gagne said he had been threatened by Lablond multiple times, but hadn't done anything to provoke the attack.
When the officer went next door to speak with Lablond, the man said he had some problems with Gagne and so he hit him. At first he denied striking Gagne in the head, but when the officer told him Gagne had a cut there, Lablond said, "I guess I did hit him on the head," according to the report.
Lablond was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony.