A Hot Springs man who was arrested for allegedly attacking another man while on the gaming floor at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort reportedly said he punched the victim multiple times because his motorcycle was repossessed.
Patrick Eugene Everage, 45, who lists a Bittersweet Lane address, was arrested around 12:20 a.m. and charged with second-degree battery, punishable by up to six years in prison.
Hot Springs police Cpl. Rod West was working off-duty at Oaklawn, 2705 Central Ave., when he was advised of a verbal altercation on the gaming floor. On his way to the incident, West noticed a man with blood on the left side of his face as well as swelling below and above his left eye and small lacerations above his left eye and on his lower lip.
The victim told West he was sitting at one of the gaming machines when a man, later identified as Everage, approached him and started punching him in the face. The victim got up to try to get away, and Everage punched him two more times in the face.
Surveillance told West that Everage was walking past the security office, and West apprehended him. The victim also positively identified Everage as the man who punched him when shown a picture.
Everage was taken into custody and transported to the Garland County Detention Center. While West was placing him into his patrol unit, Everage said he punched the victim because “he was upset with him due to a motorcycle being (repossessed).”