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Beating in rural Whatcom County leaves brother needing 11 staples in head

CUSTER — A man needed 11 staples in his head this week after his brother beat him over the head with a blunt object, possibly a Maglite flashlight, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.

The two men got into a drunken argument around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at a home in the 7100 block of Farris Road, north of Ferndale, said Undersheriff Jeff Parks.

Deputies believe August Henry Sadnick Jr., 54, struck his younger brother in the head with some hard object — but it's not clear what. The brother tried to call 911, but Sadnick took his phone and threw it so hard it broke, Parks said. The brother fled to a neighbor's house to call 911.

Police dogs and a helicopter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection were called to the scene, in case Sandnick ran off.

He didn't. But the front door had been barricaded with a chair, Parks said. Eventually deputies broke inside and found Sadnick in his bedroom. He claimed he hadn't noticed the gathering swarm of law enforcement officers, and the U.S. border helicopter overhead, because he'd been asleep, according to the sheriff's office. He claimed he sleeps with earplugs, Parks said.

A heavy-duty flashlight and other possible weapons were recovered from the home as evidence.

Sadnick faces charges of second-degree assault and interfering with a report of domestic violence. His brother needed emergency treatment at St. Joseph hospital.

Court records show Sadnick has six prior convictions for domestic violence crimes.

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