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November 24, 2015

Police: Man struck with hammer, doused with lighter fluid during argument over money

A man was hospitalized Monday after an argument over money turned into an assault involving a hammer and lighter fluid in Gloucester Township, police said.

Gloucester Township police say they received a 911 call with a report of an assault in progress at Computer Techz at 100 N. Black Horse Pike in Blackwood. A male had allegedly entered the store with lighter fluid and a hammer and struck the victim with the hammer.

The victim, Lloyd Napier, was found bleeding from the head and doused in lighter fluid, police said. Authorities said he was holding the suspect on the ground.

The suspect, 41-year-old Jason Brad, of Pine Hill, N.J., was a contractor who completed work at the business and was there to collect money for his services. 

When an argument ensued over the amount of money Brad was to receive, police said Brad pulled out lighter fluid and began to spray it on Napier's shoulder, yelling that he would light him on fire and kill him. Brad allegedly struck Napier on the head with a hammer multiple times before the victim was able to wrestle him to the ground and hold him there until police arrived on location.

Napier was transported to the hospital and treated for his injuries. He is expected to be released. 

Brad was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, terroristic threats and causing or risking widespread injury or damage. He was remanded to the Camden County Correction Facility in default of $100,000 bail.