No Charges Yet In Antique Dealer Scuffle

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Criminal charges have not been filed against a man who backed his car over a competitor in February.

Nicholas Brotcke, owner of Pioneer Village Trading Post, struck Breezee's antique shop proprietor Christopher Lander after a verbal argument broke out over the merchandise in Lander's parking lot.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said the county forwarded the case against Brotcke back to the Town of Payson to see if it wished to pursue charges in Payson Magistrate Court.

She said if charges were filed, it would be a misdemeanor.

The magistrate court, as of Tuesday afternoon, had no record of any criminal charge against Brotcke.

However, two days after the Feb. 5 incident, both men filed a harassment injunction against each other.

According to the police report, Brotcke said he did not see Lander before striking him while backing up in his silver Honda Passport.

Lander told police at the time of the incident that it was no accident, and added that Brotcke had threatened him before getting in his vehicle by saying, "Move or you'll get hit."

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