BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say an 81-year-old man is being investigated on charges of causing dangerous bodily harm after he whacked a smoker in a downtown train station with a wooden fence picket for puffing on a cigarette in a non-designated area.
Police told the dpa news agency that the 61-year-old victim had refused to put out his cigarette when the older man informed him he was smoking in a non-smoking part of the Friedrichstrasse station Monday morning.
They say the older man then hit him in the face with the wooden board, injuring his upper lip.
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Police, who apprehended the attacker at the scene, say he had the wooden picket on hand because he was on his way to his garden.
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