Three men charged in weekend beating

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 12, 2011 7:20 AM

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Three Davenport men were charged Dec. 10 in conjunction with a downtown beating that reportedly left one man in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

According to a complaint by Iowa City police, Michael Henkel, 18, and Francisco Vasquez, 21, were charged after officers responded to 112 E. Washington St. after recieving a report of an assault.

Tyler Powers, 19 — also of Davenport — was charged 11 minutes earlier in the same block of Washington Street with willful injury causing serious injury, according to police arrest logs.

The complaint said officers, who were given the description of the alleged aggressors, encountered Vasquez and Henkel near the Sheraton Hotel. Witnesses stated that Vasquez and Henkel stomped on the victim while he was on the ground, according to the complaint.

The complaint also said Vasquez admitted to pushing the victim. Both Vasquez and Henkel allegedly beat the victim so violently that he required medical attention for life-threatening injuries, the complaint said. Both allegedly had blood on their persons and allegedly showed injuries consistent with being in a scuffle.

All three men were charged with willful injury causing serious injury, a Class-C felony.

— by Matt Starns

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