Cedar Falls Man Accused of Settling Argument with Baseball Bat

Cedar Falls Man Accused of Settling Argument with Baseball Bat

A Cedar Falls man has been arrested after police say he hit a man with a baseball bat in Washburn in October.

35-year old Michael Preece was arrested yesterday(Thur) on warrants for willful injury causing serious injury and going armed with intent.  His bond was set at $12,500.

The case was investigated by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.

According to court records, Preece went to the home of Scott Gilstrap around 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 24, upset over a recent argument. He knocked on the door and then walked into the yard. When Gilstrap approached him, Preece allegedly swung the bat, hitting Gilstrap on the head. He then struck him a second time in the face, according to court records.

Gilstrap sustained a number of fractures to the right orbital bone and had a laceration on his head.