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Forum Communications, Published June 27 2012

Bemidji man hospitalized after brutal assault

BEMIDJI - A 30-year-old Bemidji man is in a Fargo hospital after a brutal assault early Wednesday.

Damien Matthew Charnoski was found lying on the roadway on Roosevelt Road Southeast, near Red Barn Lane Southeast, after the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received a call at 3:24 a.m.

A news release from the Sheriff's Office said Charnoski was immediately transported to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, where he was subsequently sent by air ambulance to Fargo.

"It was later determined the injuries were the result of a brutal assault, which occurred sometime after the victim left a downtown Bemidji bar with individuals yet to be identified," the news release said.

Anyone with information regarding this assault is asked to contact the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office at (218) 333-9111.

The assault remains under investigation.

No other information was available Wednesday.