A man hits his teammate with an adjustable wrench after a football game in Texas


A Houston, Texas man is accused of hitting a teammate with an adjustable wrench after a football game, investigators say.

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A Texas man is charged with hitting a teammate in the back of the head with an adjustable wrench after a football game, according to charging documents filed in Harris County.

The victim was one of several people who met at a football field at 11000 South Gessner Road in southwest Houston around 11 a.m. on August 6, documents show.

On his team was Pearse Mbaka, 36, a man he had played soccer with for three years, the victim told the Houston Police Department.

At one point during the match, the victim lost the ball, angering Mbaka, according to court documents. Mbaka is accused of threatening his team-mate and telling him, among other things, “I’m going to kick your ass so your children won’t recognize you”.

The victim feared for his safety, according to documents, but when the game ended, everyone started walking towards their cars and Mbaka hadn’t hurt him yet.

Then, in the parking lot, he felt a “violent blow” from behind, the victim said. His head was bleeding and the pain was immense.

He turned to see Mbaka, one hand holding an adjustable wrench and the other wrapped around the handle of a pistol tucked into his belt, according to documents.

“Come close to me so I can bust you,” Mbaka is accused of saying.

But others saw what happened and started yelling at Mbaka, asking why he had hit the victim, the documents say. Mbaka got into a white BMW and drove off.

A witness told investigators that Mbaka and the victim were both shown a red card by a referee during the match for playing too rough.

After the game, as the witness took off his shirt and shoes in the parking lot, they saw Mbaka grab the pin wrench from the trunk of his vehicle and run towards the victim, according to documents. Houston Fire Department medics arrived at the scene to treat the victim, and he was later taken to the hospital for stitches.

Mbaka faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to court filings Aug. 11.

Mitchell Willetts is a real-time news reporter covering the United States Center for McClatchy. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and an outdoor enthusiast living in Texas.