DECATUR — A heated argument over broken water pipes led to two men trading punches and both getting arrested in Decatur on Sunday afternoon, police said.

A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said the trouble began when the 26-year-old stepson arrived “upset about his water pipes being broken at his residence.”

The affidavit said the argument happened at a house on the city's northwest side, but does not state what aspect of pipe repair caused the men to fight.

“‘All of a sudden I got pushed in my chest and the fight was on,’” the affidavit quotes the stepson as telling deputies. “He stated that once they began fighting, ‘I kind of blacked out and remember throwing punches and getting punched in the face,’ ” by his 43-year-old stepfather, whom he later accused of holding him in a headlock.

“(The stepson) advised his mother had to pull (his stepfather) off of him and he advised he was about to pass out,” the affidavit said. Deputies said they later saw abrasions and swelling to the stepson’s face. He left the home after the fight, but deputies said he returned as they were questioning the stepfather.

The stepson’s mother is quoted in the affidavit as telling deputies she didn’t see who started the fight but just wanted to stop it, and refused to talk further about what happened.

The stepfather was booked on a preliminary charge of committing domestic battery while having a previous domestic battery conviction, and the stepson was booked on a charge of domestic battery. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

Both men were freed after posting $5,000 bail each with the condition they stay away from each other.

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