SOUTHINGTON - A Bristol man charged in an assault that landed two people in the hospital, one of whom suffered a skull fracture and hemorrhaging in his brain, will have his case heard in a higher court.
Landin Rutledge, 21, of 16 Union St., Bristol, learned Friday, in Bristol Superior Court, that the assault case lodged against him will be prosecuted at the courthouse in New Britain - where the most serious matters in the area are heard.
Rutledge, who is free on $75,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in New Britain on Oct. 16. He has been accused of punching one of the male victims in a municipal parking lot near 75 Center, a bar on Center Street, knocking him unconscious, and stomping on his head while he was on the ground on Aug. 19 in the early morning hours, according to the arrest warrant. The punch was described as a “roundhouse” 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 and was diagnosed with a skull fracture and brain hemorrhaging. Doctors told his mother it would be several months before it could be determined if the victim would have any lasting disabilities or permanent injuries.
According to police, an acquaintance of Rutledge allegedly struck another man - who was 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 laceration above his eye, the warrant said.
It is not clear if police have identified the acquaintance of Rutledge.
According to the eight-page document, Rutledge and some of his friends began exchanging words in 75 Center 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 verbal incident led to a physical altercation outside the restaurant.
Rutledge faces charges of first- and second-degree assault - felonies.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.