Businessman assaulted outside downtown bar

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014, 3:01 P.M.

A visiting businessman was beaten outside a downtown Spokane bar early Thursday, and police are asking for the public’s help identifying the estimated eight assailants.

Spokane Police found two men beaten in an alley near the intersection of Division Street and Main Avenue shortly after midnight, according to a news release. One of the men remains hospitalized in stable condition with brain bruising and facial fractures, police said. Another man was treated and released.

Investigators received limited information from witnesses, Officer Teresa Fuller said. Indications are the two men were walking through the alley after leaving a bar, when two vehicles pulled up and around eight occupants got out and began assaulting the men, according to the news release.

Fuller said it appeared the victims were visiting businessmen from out of town. Workers at two neighborhood bars confirmed Thursday afternoon paramedics were on-scene for a fight in the alley early Thursday.

Police are asking anyone with information about the assault to contact Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

According to internal crime statistics, violent crime is down 11 percent in the downtown corridor over the same period last year. There were 25 reports of aggravated assault downtown through June 7, down from 30 reported incidents during the same period in 2013.

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