Jackson County prosecutors charged Nicholas R. Burgess, 26, with first-degree assault after he allegedly beat another man outside a gas station early Saturday.
The 54-year-old victim suffered severe head trauma and remained in critical condition today.
Burgess, who is homeless, and the victim began arguing about 10 p.m. Friday outside the Inner City Oil station at 3816 E. 31st Street. They fought and left the property but returned a while later. After the clerk told them not to loiter, they walked away. A short time later, the clerk heard loud noises and a customer told him there was a fight on the west side of the business. The clerk called police about 1 a.m.
Officers found the victim crumpled on the ground, bleeding from his face. Burgess — with blood on his hands, shoes and shirt — was walking away, according to court records.
“I did it,” Burgess said, according to court records. “I kicked his … and I deserve to go to the jail.”
It was unclear what prompted the argument, but police said the men apparently had been drinking together prior to the fight.