Two East Helena men face felony charges of aggravated assault after an early Sunday morning altercation that left a man with serious injuries.
The alleged victim was transported to the hospital, where he received reconstructive surgery for a broken eye socket and nose, according to documents filed in Justice Court on Monday.
“It should be noted that this male’s face was very swollen, both of his eyes were nearly totally swollen shut, his lips were swollen, he had several lacerations across his face, he had what appeared to be puncture wounds in his neck in several places (which were actively bleeding), he had blood running across the top of his head, he had blood emanating from his ears, and blood coming from his nostrils,” the arresting officer wrote in court documents.
East Helena police were dispatched to the report of several men in an altercation on West Main Street and then located a man bleeding from the face at a nearby gas station.
Officers took Michael Daniel Lemay, 24, and Manuel A. Luis, 23, into custody following an investigation. Both men remain in jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.
Luis told police he and a handful of people were hanging out at a residence on Main Street when a man, identified as David Wayne Baize, according to court documents, began using “Native American racial epitaphs towards the others in the room” in spite of the fact that the alleged victim is American Indian himself, according to the affidavit.
Baize, Luis said, then began to “feign” punches at him, but at one point struck Luis in the eye.
Luis told police he has been a professional boxer for the last 10 years and when he was punched, his “training kicked in and I punched him back in the face with a right.” The two men then began wrestling on the ground.
Lemay invoked his right to silence, court documents note.
A third suspect also is mentioned in documents but no further arrests have been made. The victim told police he was attacked by three men “separately and simultaneously.”
In addition, one of the men allegedly stole the victim’s computer.
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