Emmonak man charged in beating

Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

EMMONAK - A man suspected of beating another man in the western Alaska village of Emmonak has been charged with two counts of assault.

Twenty-six-year-old Joey Lamont is accused of using his arm, which was bound in a cast, to seriously injure another man early Sunday morning after an argument at a drinking party.

Alaska State Troopers say 21-year-old Darren Hootch was hit four times.

Hootch lost hearing in his left ear and suffered three large open lacerations on top of his head.

Troopers say the assault fractured bones in both of Hootch's hands as he tried to protect himself.

Lamont was taken into custody and arraigned in Bethel.

Emmonak is a village of about 800 at the mouth of the Yukon River about 490 miles northwest of Anchorage.

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