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Baseball bat attack considered a "random act" by TPD

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Published: Jun. 13, 2020 at 8:27 PM EDT
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By: Jacob Murphey | WCTV Eyewitness News

June 13, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Police are calling an

a "random act," after a woman was sent to the hospital after getting attacked by a man with a baseball bat.

According to a Saturday night update from Tallahassee Police, a woman had been exercising near the soccer field at Lincoln High School around 4:30 p.m. when a man approached her. He asked her for help with his car, according to the press release.

When the woman started to help, she was hit several times with a bat.

Officers arrested Preston Aldridge, 29, a short time later. He faces a Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon charge.

A separate woman reached out to WCTV who claims Aldridge is a neighbor and had threatened her earlier in the day, before this incident.

Rhiannon Ray said Aldridge knocked on her door with a baseball bat in hand. He started asking strange questions, leading Ray to slam her door and call 911.

"I had my son in my hands, I'll never answer the door with him in my hands again," Ray said. "And he's my neighbor so I'm thinking it's OK. He stayed there for seventeen minutes banging on my door."

Ray provided Aldridge's name before Tallahassee Police confirmed he was the suspect in the other incident. WCTV has not verified Ray's story with TPD, but has made a request for the incident report.

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