A 52-year-old man is fighting for his life after being punched in the head Sunday night during an apparent fight outside The Harvester, a bar on Harvester Avenue.
Scott Baker suffered a fractured skull from a single punch, according to a police report filed at City Court.
He's listed in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.
Taken into custody and held without bail on a second-degree assault charge is 47-year-old Shane M. Bell (in photo), of 161 Jackson St., Batavia.
Police were called to the scene at 8:50 p.m.
The Harvester was hosting its annual pig roast.
Bell made a sworn statement to police saying, "Scott followed me out to the car. Scott came up to me and chest bumped me. Scott grabbed my shoulder and I turned and punched him in the head."
Police officers also reported hearing Bell make several statements about hitting Baker, such as:
"I bitch slapped him."
"I hit him so f--- softly it's not even funny."
"He went down quickly."
"I hit him half medium."
"I'm registered, man. I kick boxed for like seven years."
"I hit him right in the f--- eye."
"I used to f-- people up."
"He was with me for more than three hours."
"I dragged him from the curb to the grass."
A witness said she heard Bell say, "He pulled my hair so I punched him."
The same witness tried to give aide to Baker until EMTs arrived and told police there was a lot of blood.
Mercy medics told police on scene that Baker was seriously injured and Det. Pat Corona was called to the scene.
"We were told right away it was very serious," Corona said. "We proceeded (with the investigation at the scene) as if it was as serious as it could be, as if it were a homicide."
Corona said investigators are interested in talking with additional witnesses. He's asking that people with any information to call Batavia PD at (585) 345-6350.