Man savagely beaten while holding daughter at restaurant
PINE JUNCTION, Colo. (WPEC) - Two men were caught on camera savagely beating a father at a restaurant in Colorado while he was holding his 4-year-old daughter.
Video of the beating is now being shared on Facebook in an effort to identify and arrest one of the attackers.
Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office say the attack happened last month at Crossroads Pizza & Wings Bar in Pine Junction.
In the video, a man with his 4-year-old daughter in his arms starts to have words with a man. Others rush over to separate the two when another man walks up and hits the father in the face. The father raises a fist when the suspect hits him again. The two start pushing and shoving as a third man walks up behind the father and punches him in the face. The suspect starts hitting the father over and over as a person pulls the young girl out of the father's arms. The father gets decked to the ground with another punch. The two attackers continue to punch and kick the father while he's on the ground. The father stumbles to his knees when one of the men knocks him down with a knee to the face.
The attack left the father with serious injuries. According to the sheriff's office, he had to be airlifted to a hospital. The little girl was not hurt.
Deputies arrested one man. He's been identified as 31-year-old Joel Michael Wilson. After sharing the video, deputies arrested a second suspect, identified as 22-year-old Devon Lee Premer. He is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Jefferson County Jail on charges of first degree assault, second degree assault and child abuse.
The father, identified as 39-year-old Richard Warry Brown, faces a summons for misdemeanor child abuse because of his daughter getting caught in the middle of the confrontation.
The sheriff's office says the victim doesn't remember what sparked the fight. The suspect in custody and witnesses are not cooperating with investigators as well.
(WARNING: The video below contains violence. Viewer discretion advised.)