Two Spokane men were arrested on felony assault charges Saturday after they severely beat a Spokane Valley resident near the Centennial Trail, police said.
Steven Robert Dreyer, 24, and his father, Christian K. Schuster, 42, were arrested after police found the 47-year-old victim with a large gash around his right eye and his left eye swollen shut in the 2800 block of North Mirabeau Parkway about 7:20 p.m., according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.
The man said he visited a homeless friend at the Spokane River each each and on Saturday found him with a black eye. He said the two talked with other men on the river bank and "believe the assault matter was settled," but that Dreyer then punched him in the face for no reason. Schuster pinned him to the ground while Dreyer continued assaulting them.
While police were talking to the victim, "a shirtless and intoxicated Dwight Lee Hubbard, 54, came out of the bushes and challenged the officer to fight," Reagan said. "He was quickly overwhelmed and handcuffed."
Schuster and Dreyer were booked into jail for second-degree assault; Hubbard was arrested on a warrant for trespassing.
The victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he received stitches.