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Saturday, February 08, 2020 1:00 am

Arrest made after man sucker punched

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

When the victim came to, he reportedly told Allen County sheriff's deputies that he didn't know the man who sucker punched him at Peppi's bar in Huntertown.

The deputies were called to the Lima Road bar Friday at 12:50 a.m. on reports that someone had been punched and was knocked unconscious.

Colten James Waldmann, 26, of Camden, Arkansas, was charged Friday with battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

As a second deputy arrived at the scene, he saw Waldmann, who was handcuffed, screaming as he walked in the middle of the parking lot. When deputies tried to calm him down, Waldmann attempted to “foot sweep” the deputies to the ground, court documents said.

The deputy said Waldmann had “the overwhelming odor of alcoholic beverages coming from his breath and clothing.” His eyes were red, bloodshot and watery and his words were slurred.

The victim said he didn't know Waldmann and was just walking past Waldmann at the bar when Waldmann “without warning or cause sucker punched him,” according to court documents.

The victim lost consciousness after he fell and hit his head on a pool table. Numerous witnesses confirmed the account, court documents say.

The victim's lip also needed stitches after the attack, a probable cause affidavit states.

A relative of Waldmann's who was sitting at the bar told the deputies that it appeared that Waldmann “intentionally punched (the victim) for no apparent reason.”

Police said Waldmann stated at the time of his arrest that the case would cost him $350.

“Once I (get) out of jail, I will return to Arkansas and not appear for any court dates. I will not come back to Indiana,” he said.

Waldmann was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $27,500 bail and has a court hearing Wednesday.

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