Deputies: Man twice fought off two attackers who wielded bat, hatchet

ENTIAT, Wash. -- Police are trying to determine why two suspects twice attacked a victim with a baseball bat and a hatchet before the victim was able to fight off the two men and chase them from his home.

Chelan County sheriff's deputies received a call of an assault in progress at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday in the 14000 block of 97A in Entiat, deputies said.

The victim told sheriff's deputies he was home asleep when he heard two men hitting the outside of his trailer with a bat and a hatchet. The victim opened up his door and told the suspects to stop, but they refused, deputies said. The victim then walked outside his home and managed to take control of the hatchet, but not before being punched in the mouth, splitting his upper lip.

The victim chased the suspects away, but they allegedly returned a short time later armed with a baseball bat. The suspects entered his home -- uninvited -- and fought the victim. The victim was hit in the back four to five times with the bat, but he again managed to gain control in the fight and chased the suspects out of his house. He then called police.

The suspects fled to a neighboring residence where they were contacted by sheriff's deputies and arrested. The suspects were booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on suspicion of first-degree burglary and first-degree assault charges.

The victim was treated and released for his cut to the lip.

Deputies said all parties involved knew each other, and they are now trying to work out why the suspects attacked, and what proceeded the incident.