SOUTHINGTON - A Bristol man has been charged in an assault last month that landed two men in the hospital, one of whom suffered a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain.
According to his arrest warrant, Landin Rutledge, 21, of 16 Union St., Bristol, allegedly punched one of the men in a municipal parking lot near 75 Center, a bar on Center Street, knocking him unconscious, then stomped on his head while he was on the ground in the early morning of Aug. 19. The blow was described as a “roundhouse” punch to the face.
The victim was taken to the intensive care unit at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. He spent five days in the hospital.
Doctors told his mother that it would be several months before it could be determined if he would suffer lasting effects from the assault, police said.
According to police, an acquaintance of Rutledge allegedly struck another man - a friend of the first victim - in the side of the head during the altercation, sending him to the hospital, where he needed five stitches to close a cut above his eye, the warrant said.
Police are still trying to identify the acquaintance and could file charges.
According to the warrant, Rutledge and some of his friends began exchanging words in the bar with the two victims and some of their friends. The argument stemmed from an issue involving one of Rutledge’s former girlfriends, the warrant said.
The men were asked to leave the bar and did, but the confrontation continued and became physical in the municipal parking lot.
The victims say Rutledge was the aggressor and that they did not respond with any violence.
Rutledge faces felony charges of first- and second-degree assault. He was arraigned Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court.
Court officials said Rutledge has previously used a first-time-offender program and had to pay a fine earlier this year for creating a public disturbance.
Rutledge posted $75,000 bond after his hearing. He has been ordered not to contact the victim while the case is pending. The case will be reviewed to determine if it should be prosecuted in New Britain Superior Court, where the most serious matters in the area are heard.
Rutledge is due back in Bristol court on Sept. 28.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.