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Oak Harbor officers intervene as pipe-wielding suspect beats man

By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News-Times Co-editor
August 20, 2013 · Updated 1:25 PM
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An Oak Harbor man was arrested for beating another man with a pipe downtown within view of a police officer.

It was the second time in a week that a police officer intervened in a violent incident in the area of the Pioneer Way bars.

On Aug. 4, an officer saw a man threatening women with a knife and arrested the suspect.

On Aug. 9, Officer Chris Peabody with the Oak Harbor Police was one of several officers who responded to a report of a fight involving seven people in front of a bar on Pioneer Way.

Peabody saw John Umayam, 25, and an injured man cut behind the Queen Ann Motel after they saw his police car approaching. He detained the two men.

The injured man had blood all over his hands and face. His right eye was purple and swelling; Peabody noted that the eye was visibly swelling while he spoke to him.

The man didn’t want to cooperate with an investigation into the fight, so Peabody let him go after medics looked at him.

Another officer told Umayam to leave the area while his friend was being questioned because he was “becoming disruptive and yelling at people,” Peabody wrote in his report.

Peabody was speaking to the medics when he heard Umayam yelling at someone. As Peabody watched, Unayam starting fighting with another man; he repeatedly hit the other man in the head with a pipe, according to the report.

Peabody and another officer quickly went to intervene and arrived as the two men were rolling around in the crosswalk. Unayam continued to punch the other guy in the head, Peabody wrote.

Unayam wouldn’t stop fighting when ordered to, so an officer shocked him with a Taser.

The 26-year-old victim was transported to the hospital He was bleeding from an ear and suffered a broken jaw, the report indicates.

Prosecutors charged Umayam in Island County Superior Court this week with assault in the second degree.

He’s being held in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

 


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