2 Arrested after bat attack on Apache Junction man, woman

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- A man and woman from Gold Canyon were arrested Jan. 31 after deputies said they broke into an Apache Junction home armed with a bat and attacked a man and woman.

Marlon Faulkner, 28, and Amanda Granger, 31, forced their way into a home in the area of 1400 E. 29th Ave., about 5:45 a.m. Jan. 31 after Faulkner kicked in the front door, Pinal County deputies said.

Faulkner and Granger then went after the 25-year-old man and 24-year-old woman inside the house, deputies said.

Faulkner hit the man in the head with the bat, but the man fought back and the second victim tried to pull Faulkner away from the man, deputies said. But Granger attacked the woman and they fought, deputies said.

Fearing for his safety, the man stabbed Faulkner in the neck and torso, ending the fight and Granger was bitten on a finger by the other woman, which ended their fight, deputies said.

Granger drove Faulkner to a convenience store and Faulkner was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery for his wounds.

The man who was attacked suffered a deep laceration to the top of his head, which required staples to close, deputies said.

The woman victim had facial contusions and marks on her neck from Granger choking her, deputies said.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said the victims and suspects were acquaintances and the victims said Faulkner had threatened to kill the man in the past.

Granger was booked into the Pinal County Jail for burglary and aggravated assault. When released from the hospital, Faulkner will face the same charges, deputies said.