New Haven police have arrested a man accused of assaulting his brother with a monkey wrench during an argument over a missed late-night date.
The investigation started around 1:30 a.m. when police saw Sherman White, 57, walking injured on Sherman Avenue.
White told officers the fight started when he told his mother that his brother, Elijah White, 58, was planning to have a lady friend over to spend the night, according to police.
Elijah was angry, retrieved a monkey wrench, threatening to kill Sherman and struck him several times with the wrench, knocking out his dentures, Sherman told police.
Officers then spoke with Elijah, who admitted that the brothers fought, but said Sherman instigated the fight.
He said he had asked Sherman to listen for his friend at the door because his hearing aids were off and to wake him from his nap when she arrived.
When Elijah woke up, it was late and there were several missed calls on his phone, so he got mad, police said.
Sherman got off the couch, took out his dentures and took up a fighting stance, Elijah told police.
Elijah White was charged with assault second degree and reckless endangerment in the second degree.
Sherman White was charged with breach of peace and released on his promise to appear in court. The wrench was taken as evidence, police said. Police said he had a contusion to his left cheek, a lacerated finger and leg pain.