KELSO, Wash. A Kelso man reportedly lured another man into his home so he could beat him with a baseball bat that had screws sticking out of it, according to police.

Court documents obtained by KGW said the motive appeared to be revenge over a broken security camera.

Police allege that Matthew Wright was angry that another man had damaged the security camera outside his home.

Sometime later on, police said Wright was able to lure the victim back to his house where he invited him inside and made him watch surveillance video of himself damaging the camera.

Officers said Wright and another person then punched the victim in the face and hit him with baseball bat that had screws coming out of it.

The victim eventually escaped and told police he feared for his life.

The suspect s wife talked to KGW Wednesday and denied the allegations. However, police said she actually watched the beating happen.

Records also showed that Wright has a lengthy criminal record in California, including a felony conviction.

He was released on bond Wednesday after facing drug and assault charges in the Cowlitz County Courthouse.


KGWreporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

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