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      Homeless person beats man for insulting girlfriend

      Thomas Carter was arrested for armed criminal action and first-degree assault.
      A homeless Columbia man was arrested early Monday morning after beating a man. Police said at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday they were called to 28 North Ninth St. for an assault. They said Thomas Carter Jr. was trying to fight a man for insulting his girlfriend. The man pulled out a knife and Carter took a skateboard and hit the man several times in the head and face. Carter was arrested for armed criminal action and first-degree assault. The victim was taken to a hospital by ambulance in serious condition.

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