CLEAR LAKE | A Clear Lake man claims he was defending himself when he swung a baseball bat at another person's head, court documents said.

Rashad Lee Taylor, 18, was charged with misdemeanor assault with intent to inflict serious injury following an incident at his residence on the 2300 block of Main Avenue in Clear Lake.

At about 10:30 p.m. June 5, Taylor was involved in an altercation with multiple people, Clear Lake police wrote in charging documents. 

Taylor is accused of approaching a person with a baseball bat and threatening to "beat the victim's head in" before swinging the bat at the person's head, court documents said, which noted the person could be seen on surveillance falling backwards to avoid the bat. 

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Clear Lake police arrested Taylor on a warrant at his home June 18. Taylor was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and was released on his own recognizance following an appearance.

Court documents say Taylor was "defending himself at his own home."

Taylor is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court July 6.

— Courtney Fiorini

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