Fort Worth balcony brawl ends with 2-story fall

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A 28-year-old Fort worth man faces a charge of aggravated assault after he tackled another man off a second-floor apartment balcony, sending both men plunging to the ground.

When emergency crews arrived at the Mira Monte apartments at 2802 Las Vegas Trail Thursday evening, they found the two men laying on the ground below the apartment surrounded by broken pieces of the balcony railing.

A woman told officers she had recently moved into the apartment with the suspect, identified in a police report as Anthony Kaapa. She told officers she had asked the victim, 28-year-old Paul Bredehoeft, to pick her up so they could go somewhere and talk.

The woman told police that Kaapa does not like Bredehoeft.

“When Paul knocked on the door to pick up (the woman), Anthony opened the door and without provocation or warning tackled Paul off the 2nd floor balcony,” a police report states.

Bredehoeft lost consciousness for a while after the fall, was bleeding heavily from a laceration to the head and was unable to move, the report states.

Kaapa admitted to assaulting Bredehoeft, telling police that the man knew he wasn’t welcome at his apartment.

“When he stepped foot on my porch I have the right to remove him from my property with any force I deem necessary,” he told police, according to the report.

Police apparently disagreed, noting in the report that Bredehoeft had been invited to the complex to pick up the woman and was standing in a common area of the complex when he was tackled without provocation.

Officers arrested Kaapa at the scene. Both he and Bredehoeft were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Bredehoeft was listed in good condition Friday afternoon.

Kaapa was booked into the city jail Thursday night and later transferred to the Mansfield jail. He remained held there Friday afternoon with bail set at $20,000, jail records show.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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