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Date of Issue: July 16, 2008

Man suffers head injury in fight

An Island man suffered serious trauma late July 11 during an assault in the Island Shopping Center parking lot in Holmes Beach.

The man, not identified by the Holmes Beach Police Department by The Islander’s deadline, remained in serious condition at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

The incident occurred at about 10:40 p.m., and three patrons of D.Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, according to HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson.

“It started out as a disturbance and I guess you could sort of say it was a fight,” Stephenson said, adding that the incident is under investigation as an aggravated battery.

Stephenson said two men were seen in the parking lot outside the bar hitting a third man.

Stephenson would only identify the victim as an Island resident, withholding the name at this stage of the investigation.

The victim, suffering trauma to the head, was taken by medical evacuation helicopter from the Island to Bayfront Medical Center.

One witness told The Islander that two men came outside Ducks and were laughing about throwing a beer on another man. That man then came from behind the hardware store with a large umbrella and approached the pair, who took the umbrella away and hit and kicked the victim.

The morning after the incident a pool of blood, a stained towel and a blue latex glove remained in the parking lot and police continued to investigate the incident.

Stephenson said “we don’t have any names yet” in reference to the two suspects.

However, police have a description of both men.

One suspect was described as about 28-32 years old, 160 pounds, 5 feet 7 inches with dark curly hair and a dark complexion.

The second suspect was described as about 28-32 years old, 150 pounds, 5 feet 7 inches, with short blond hair and a light complexion.

“Any witnesses, we would like to hear from them,” Stephenson said. “Or they can contact Crime Stoppers.”

Witnesses can call HBPD at 941-778-5804, ext. 243, or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 941-634-8477 for a possible reward in the event information leads to an arrest.