A Hoback man was arrested Monday night after deputies said he attacked his neighbor with a wooden baseball bat.

Bret Sani, 59, was charged with felony aggravated assault after the late-night call to his house at the Hoback RV Park, formerly Lazy J Corral. But police said Sani wasn’t the only aggressor in the situation.

“The upstairs male and female roommates had passed out with loud music playing,” Teton County sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt said.

The loud music was blaring around 11 p.m., Sani told police.

Sani, who lives near the 28-year-old male and 33-year-old female, went upstairs to tell them to turn down the music.

When the housemates didn’t answer the door, Sani went back downstairs.

Ryan Stephens, the 28-year-old neighbor, then went downstairs to confront Sani, and when he opened the door Sani was holding a baseball bat, police said.

“The upstairs neighbor took a step toward him,” Platt said.

Sani took the butt of his wooden bat and shoved it into Stephens’ stomach, pushing him back onto the porch.

“If everything had stopped there it might have been fine, but he followed him onto the porch and started swinging the baseball bat at him,” Platt said.

Stephens was gasping for air from being hit in the stomach with the bat and then he put his hands up to protect his head, police said.

Eventually the two separated, and they each called 911.

Platt said Stephens was also cited because he knocked out Sani’s apartment window after the fight. He was cited for battery and destruction of property and rushed to the hospital with minor head injuries and injuries to his hands.

Sani appeared in Teton County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon.

“Mr. Stephens attacked me,” Sani told the court. “He smashed the windows in on my apartment.”

Judge James Radda said Stephens’ injuries were serious enough that he felt compelled to set Sani’s bond at $1,500.

“Mr. Stephens presented himself to officers with injuries and he was bleeding,” Radda said. “It’s a serious charge.”

Sani was ordered to not have contact with Stephens or the female tenant involved.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

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