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NIAGARA FALLS – A Cleveland Avenue man and his girlfriend were arrested in the bludgeoning of a man who came to their home early Sunday to collect a personal debt, Niagara Falls police said.

Robert W. Francis, 22, and Kari L. Weston, 42, both of Cleveland Avenue, are charged with first-degree assault.

The victim – identified as Johnathan Haley, 23, of Third Street – went to the home in the 2400 block of Cleveland Avenue about 12:30 a.m. to collect money he was owed for a stereo system.

Police said Haley went to the third floor of the home, where Francis struck him in the jaw with a baseballe bat sending him tumbling down a flight of stairs. The two struggled, and the bat was picked up by Weston, who hit Haley on the arm and head, knocking him down yet another flight of stairs, police added.

Haley fled, police said, and was driven to the hospital by his girlfriend, who had been waiting outside in a car. He lost several teeth and suffered a fractured jaw and extensive bruising, and was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where he was still being treated in the emergency room Sunday night.