by LAURA HAYES
Two of the three men who were accused of assaulting a woman, forcing her into a vehicle and leaving her on the side of a road in Buffalo County will face charges.
On April 11, at 10:30 p.m., Buffalo County Investigator Lee Engfer responded to a report of a female on the side of the Chicken Valley Road near Bluff Siding Road. The female was alive, but Engfer reported that she was badly injured and covered with blood.
Jonathan A. Hanson, 40, of Fountain City, was charged for misdemeanor disorderly conduct as a party to a crime, and Scott L. Durham, 34, of Winona, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and felony battery. Charges against a third man have since been dismissed.
The female reported that she had been at the Gin Mill Bar, which at the time was filled with members of the Road Dogs Motorcycle Club. When she left the bar to retrieve her cell phone, she was allegedly assaulted by three men associated with the club. The men forced her into a truck and left her on the side of the road where she was found by law enforcement officers.
According to the criminal complaint, a witness saw the men assault the victim, repeatedly punching and kicking her. The witness observed Hanson allegedly attempt to force the female into a truck. Durham allegedly punched the victim in the head, rendering her unconscious.
Hanson claims that he was working as security at the Gin Mill Bar when the woman was asked to leave the property. He said that outside of the bar, they had a “wrestling match” that knocked over a motorcycle.
The victim sustained several injuries to the head and face, bruising on her left upper arm and evulsion of her pinky finger. She later said that she had a concussion.
Both Hanson and Durham will appear before the Buffalo County Court today.