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Man hits transient in self-defense and for stealing his shoes

Published On: Aug 26 2013 08:35:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 26 2013 11:05:55 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Mike Bingham, 26, said he noticed transient David Wayne Smith trying to get into the trailer behind his home. More than that, Smith was wearing an expensive pair of shoes that Bingham had just purchased.

When Bingham noticed that Smith was armed and would not back off, Bingham decided to take matters into his own hands.

"He tried getting a knife to stab me with, I had to swing to protect myself, "said Bingham.

Bingham said he swung the bat that he grabbed from his house and hit him more than once.

"When he went to try to kick me I used the bat and I swung the bat lighter this time cause I heard the bones crack the first time," said Bingham.

It was then that Smith gave in. Bingham said that Smith claimed his arm was broken and told him to stop hitting him.

"I said,' Alright I won't, take off my shoes and leave please,'" said Bingham.

Bingham said even though the situation was scary, he had to protect himself.

As for 34-year-old transient David Wayne Smith, he was taken to a local hospital.

Redding police said a complaint will be sent to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office seeking charges against him for the stolen property.