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Police: Man beaten in Maserati dispute

A Wheatley Heights man who used a fire extinguisher to beat a former co-worker has been arrested on an assault charge, Nassau County police said Thursday.

Police arrested Robert Baker, 28, of 54 Brown Blvd., on a charge of second-degree assault at 2 a.m. after he was released from the Suffolk County jail, where he was being held on an unrelated charge.

On Jan. 2, Baker went to his former workplace, an automobile-related business in Massapequa, where he accused the victim, 51, of spraying the contents of a fire extinguisher into the grille and tail pipes of his 2006 Maserati, police said.

Baker then picked up a fire extinguisher and began to "strike the victim multiple times about the head and face," police said.

Baker left the scene, and the victim was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for lacerations and contusions.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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