NIAGARA FALLS Police responding to a report of a man bleeding on the street ended up arresting the man in an assault.
Niagara Falls Police Officer Robert Gee said that he found Paul E. Lederhouse, 47, bleeding from the left arm and the right side of his head when he located him at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at 11th Street and Cleveland Avenue.
The Cleveland Avenue resident was intoxicated, Gee said, and complained of being assaulted by his former landlord. Police questioned the landlord, Niagara Avenue resident Hans Weber, and heard a different story.
Weber said that Lederhouse had come to his residence seeking a check and refused to leave when asked to do so. A struggle ensued, during which the 69-year-old Weber admitted to striking Lederhouse more than once with a mop wringer.
Weber told police he acted in self-defense, and a witness at the scene verified his account, leading to the arrest of Lederhouse on charges of criminal trespass and third-degree assault.
Lederhouse was jailed in lieu of $500 bail pending a Niagara Falls City Court appearance.