Suspected road rage attacker: "I was defending myself"

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BRANDON, Florida - Witnesses say it was like watching a TV wrestling match or a scene out of an action movie -- a Brandon man says another man broke a wooden bat over his head during a violent case of road rage.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says it happened Monday morning around 10:45 a.m. and it involved 41-year-old Andy Hsieh and 29-year-old Charlie Mabry, Jr. The two say they don't know each other, but their tempers flared inside the Heather Lakes subdivision in Brandon where they both live.

See Also: Charlie Mabry's account of what happened

Hsieh says, "He started all this. He wanted to finish it. I was just trying to go home." Hsieh was driving his black Mercedes Benz from the gym, from the same area where he says Charlie Mabry was headed to work.

Hsieh says, "He was the only car in the road and I'm waiting for him to go by or signal. Let me know what he's doing. I guess he wasn't paying attention and at the last second he just turned and I threw my hands up, like, really?"

He adds that the two exchanged words. Hsieh says he kept on going though, headed home, but he says Mabry didn't go on to work. He followed Hsieh into the subdivision. "I've had people tailgate me because they're mad at me. But this man was actually bumping me."

Hsieh says, "I got out to confront him. He tried to run me over and then he hit my car. That's when everything ensued."

Hsieh is accused of pulling out a stun gun next and a bat. Mabry says Hsieh actually broke a wooden bat over his head. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Hsieh beat Mabry several times in the head, face, and arms, but did not deploy the taser.

On Tuesday evening, when 10 News asked Hsieh about the bat, he didn't want to talk about it much. "There's not much to say about it. Uh, uh...defending myself.  I'm not trying to talk about that. I have no clue of what you're talking about. I mean, I've got bruises all over me."

Hsieh says he tried to call 911 and showed us his cell phone history that shows a call was made at 10:43 a.m. on Monday. But Hsieh says he couldn't get through. He also showed us his  bumps and scrapes. "Yeah, I got them all over me -- back of my head. I got them all over. I just didn't cry like he did."

Hsieh has an 11-year-old daughter and works in the A/C Heating field. He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

Mabry was rushed to the emergency room with a dislocated wrist. Doctors put eight staples in his head to close a gash. He is out of the hospital and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says he will also face charges.  

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