ITHACA, N.Y.—One man is in custody after an argument over loud music turned violent around 3 a.m. Monday morning.

Sgt. Michael Meskill of the Ithaca Police Department announced that police were called to an apartment building on West Seneca Street for a report of a dispute over loud music.

A tenant and his roommate were arguing over the roommate’s music being too loud. The victim alleged that a fight followed a request to turn the music down.

“While fighting, the suspect struck the victim in the head with a hammer,” Meskill wrote. “The victim was able to get away from the suspect and lock himself in his room where he called the police. The suspect then used the hammer and damaged the victim’s door.”

Upon arrival, police took the suspect, Edward Sumeriski, 53, of Ithaca, into custody without incident, according to Meskill. Sumeriski was charged with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two felonies, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

Sumeriski was arraigned in Ithaca City Court by the Judge Seth Peacock and was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or $25,000 bond.

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