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Two men arrested after man 'pistol whipped' at Tallahassee apartment

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Posted at 5:56 AM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 10:33:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Two men have been arrested, accused of forcing their way into a Tallahassee man's apartment and pistol whipping him after one suspect "matched" him on the Tinder dating app.

Ventrel Marquis Rush, 21, of Tallahassee was booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Wednesday and remained there Friday on a $20,000 bond.

Duane Jaquez Holmes, 19, of Monticello was arrested Sept. 4, 2018, and remained in jail two days until he posted a $10,000 bond.

On Sept. 4, 2018, they are accused of going to a Tallahassee apartment and attacking the victim, leaving him with bloody facial injuries that included an eye being swollen shut.

The victim said he had arranged to meet up with Holmes via the dating app and did not expect Rush to come with him, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Both suspects pushed open the victim's door and pointed what he believed to be handguns at his face, causing him to fear for his life, court documents said.

But his fear soon subsided when he realized he was being shot on his face and body not with bullets but with BBs.

While the victim attempted to defend himself, court documents said, he fell to the ground in his living room. The two men struck him in the face and on his body with the BB pistols and their fists and kicked him while he screamed for help.

His screams attracted the attention of his roommates, who were upstairs on the second and third levels of the apartment, and they ran downstairs.

By the time the roommates arrived on the scene, the suspects had fled.

Rush faces charges of burglary with assault or battery, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

Holmes faces charges of aggravated assault with deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and burglary of a dwelling with person assaulted while armed.