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(TULSA, Okla.) — It’s the age-old debate: Which phone is better, the iPhone or the Android?

But in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Friday morning, a phone debate led two intoxicated roommates to batter each other with broken beer bottles, police said.

Jiro Mendez said the incident started when he and his roommate, Elias Ecevo, were in their apartment’s parking lot arguing over which smartphone was better, according to the Tulsa Police Department. The fight escalated when Ecevo hit Mendez in the head with a bottle before stealing his car, police said.

Police said Mendez’s car was found parked a “short distance away” in their apartment complex.

“In over 35 years as a cop, this is one of the oddest reasons I’ve seen for assault,” Maj. Rod Hummel of the Tulsa police told ABC News.

The roommates were found covered in blood with lacerations on their bodies, according to police, and were treated before being transferred to the Tulsa County Jail Friday afternoon. The police described both men as intoxicated.

Both Mendez and Ecevo were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, police said. They were released from the hospital on Friday and taken to jail.

Another man was in the parking lot during the fight, according to police, but fled before officers responded. He has not yet been identified.

The Tulsa Police Department referred ABC News to the Tulsa County Jail for information on the men’s lawyers and arraignments, but the jail database has not yet been updated to reflect Mendez and Ecevo’s arrests.

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