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Police say that Jeremy Stephens and a friend assaulted a bar patron who had been kicked out of the establishment, beating him so severely that he stopped breathing twice.
Details are finally starting to emerge on the situation that led to Jeremy Stephens' arrest on a felony warrant prior to his 5 bout last Friday.
The Des Moines Register is reporting that the incident took place on October 15, 2011.
Here are the details on the assault:
The victim had reportedly been asked to leave the bar and was still in the parking lot when Stephens and Bachman emerged soon after.
According to the victim's wife, Stephens punched the victim in the left eye. The victim leaned against the building and Bachman punched him on the head and face several times, police said.
The victim's wife helped him get into their car and was trying to lock the doors when Bachman reportedly pulled the victim out of the vehicle by his feet. Stephens and Bachman then allegedly punched and kicked the victim on his head and body for about a minute, authorities said.
The suspects fled. The victim was unconscious and stopped breathing twice, police reports show. He was intubated and taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The article goes on to specify that police notified Stephens of the warrant and told him he had the opportunity to surrender but, as he was living in California, they did not have the ability to have police pick him up. The warrant specified that police could only make the arrest in states surrounding Iowa, which is why they waited until the fight in Minnesota.
Police also deny any suggestion that the decision to pick him up the day of his fight was "personal."