Police arrested Sean McLaughlin, 38, of Great Falls at about 8 p.m. Wednesday on the 1200 block of Farrell Street for a felony count of partner or family member assault with serious bodily injury and a felony count of escape.
The incident initially took place at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 300 block of Granite Mountain Road. McLaughlin allegedly assaulted his brother, a 33-year-old male, over inherited property. The victim went to St. James Healthcare Tuesday evening with a cut to his eye, a swollen cheek, and bruising to his face, according to Butte-Silver Bow County Undersheriff George Skuletich.
Police initially reported the incident would be a misdemeanor count, but the severity of the count was increased Wednesday when officers arrested McLaughlin. Skuletich said he did not know why, but it could be because the victim's injuries may have been worse than originally thought.
McLaughlin was also wanted by the Great Falls Transition Center, an alternative to incarceration.
Police found McLaughlin due to a tip to the probation and parole department that McLaughlin was at the residence on Farrell Street.