Police Dispatch

I'M Going To Tell Mom

UA Area, Aug. 4, 10:57 p.m.

A man appeared to have beaten his brother with a lug wrench during an argument, a University of Arizona Police Department report stated.

An officer who responded to the call found a dazed Bernardino Junior Leon, 29, in the backseat of a car near the intersection of University Boulevard and Cherry Avenue. He reportedly attempted to stand while a "large quantity" of blood gushed out of his head, but he then collapsed onto the street.

An officer asked Christopher Carlitos Leon, 28, what had happened. Christopher reportedly wouldn't answer any questions and demanded that authorities simply take him to jail. At first, he also said that his name was Dominic C. Leon and that he was born in 1996. An officer told him that would make him only 10 years old.

According to the report, Christopher also denied knowing who Bernardino was, asserting that Bernardino had jumped into the car at the intersection, prompting Christopher to strike him in order to get him to leave. In response, Bernardino, who was struggling to stand, reportedly said he couldn't believe what he was hearing and that he was going to tell "mom."

Eventually, Christopher admitted he had lied about his name because he had warrants out for his arrest. He also said that Bernardino was his stepbrother, and then later that he was a close friend of the family who wasn't actually related to him by blood--both of which were assertions that Bernardino would refute later, the report said.

According to Christopher, Bernardino started acting "crazy because he was high." He said Bernardino first tried to hit him with the lug wrench, prompting Christopher to punch him.

Bernardino wasn't hurt that badly and was merely pretending, Christopher told police.

Christopher's apparent girlfriend, who had been driving the car, corroborated much of Christopher's earlier story until Christopher told her to tell the truth.

The girlfriend then told authorities that Bernardino and another woman had gotten into her vehicle, and then Bernardino started arguing with her as she drove. She said she pulled over and told Bernardino to get out; Christopher also got out, she added, and then Bernardino hit him. She said she saw Christopher begin to hit Bernardino back, but never saw the lug wrench being used.

Police arrested Christopher on charges of aggravated assault, failure to pay a fine and failure to comply with a court order. He was booked into Pima County Jail.

Authorities charged Bernardino with possession of narcotic drugs after they discovered he had a white rock that a test reportedly showed was cocaine.

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