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Attack in bar described as unprovoked

Several witnesses told police they had no idea why Miles A. Buzzard suddenly grabbed a beer mug and repeatedly bashed it over another man’s head, leaving him bleeding and with a fractured skull in mid-March.

By all accounts to police, the 22-year-old Buzzard and three other people were enjoying a round of drinks at a table at Latchstring Bar, 3221 N. Clinton St., when he suddenly got up, took his glass beer mug and hit the victim several times before running out the door.

Witnesses to the attack held towels against the victim’s head as he lay bleeding on the floor of the bar, according to a probable cause affidavit.

One witness told police he was in the middle of a conversation with the victim when Buzzard swung the beer mug at the victim’s head.

Even after the mug broke, Buzzard continued to smash it into the victim’s head, according to one witness statement given to police.

According to the affidavit, hospital staff told police the victim suffered a fractured skull, cuts to his head that required staples and other less serious cuts to his hands.

The victim also lost the hearing in his right ear and suffered damage to his left ear that will require the use of a hearing aid, the report said.

Buzzard, of the 1900 block of South Harrison Street, was charged with felony battery.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, but he was not in custody Wednesday evening.