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Bondsman Accused Of Attacking Man After Possible Road Rage

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Tony Lynch Tony Lynch

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A mid-state bail bondsman is off the job and accused in a violent attack that left a man unconscious, and possibly brain-damaged. 

Police said the incident could have been the result of road rage. Billy Lynch found his son Tony unconscious in a Murfreesboro hospital.

"We'll get through it some way. It's not going to be easy," said Lynch.

Lynch said he wanted his son to recover and second he wanted justice. He said the attacker should pay a heavy price for the assault.

For a couple of days his father was not sure if Tony was going to make it.

"When we got up to see him he was out. He didn't know anything and blood was coming out of his ears, and it put us in shock just about," said Lynch.

About a month ago Murfreesboro Police said a man attacked Tony in a Kroger Parking lot.

"I guess his head hit the black top and the guy said he walked over there looked at him and just jumped in his truck and left," said Lynch.

Police said witnesses said a man followed Tony into the parking lot then they both got out of their cars and started arguing.

"Witnesses describe the suspect, Mr. Garrett hauling off, kind of rearing back and then punching the victim in the head one time," said Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro Police Department.

The suspect is 28-year-old Matthew Garrett. He's a jail bondsman in Rutherford County and an avid body builder.

"Road rage is one of the possibilities we're looking into. Something happened between the time he left the house and before they actually entered the parking lot," said Evans.  

Billy Lynch said it will take 3 to 4 months for his son Tony to be well enough to return to work, and he was not sure if any of the brain damage will be permanent. 

"When you hit a guy upside the head with your fist and crush the side of his head and knock him completely out - there's something wrong with him," said Lynch.

This has been a rough year for Tony Lynch and his family. They can not live in their home because it was badly damaged by the Good Friday tornado.

NewsChannel5 did speak with Matt Garrett on the telephone. He said he would like to give his side of the story, but his attorney has told him not to give interviews.

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