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Fight may bring felony charges against 2 men

AlaskaDigest

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2003

JUNEAU - Police are recommending felony assault charges be filed against two young Juneau men accused of seriously injuring another man during a fight downtown two weeks ago.

Sgt. John Boltjes said police recommended Thursday that the district attorney charge the men with two counts of second-degree assault, a felony, and one count of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

The men, whose names and ages were not released, are accused of pummeling a 36-year-old man in the face and body with their fists and feet around 1 a.m. May 3 on the corner of Front and Franklin Streets, police and witnesses said. The victim said he suffered multiple broken bones in his face and will need reconstructive surgery.

Police did not confirm they were investigating the incident until Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses said the fight began as a verbal altercation in a downtown bar and turned physical after the two men, the victim and another man were asked to leave. The victim was trying to break up the fight when he was attacked, witnesses said.

The district attorney was not available for comment by the Empire's evening deadline.



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