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Suspect charged in assault outside Cecil bar last weekend


SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - Charges have been filed against a Black Creek man who allegedly assaulted a Gillett man outside of a bar last weekend.

According to court documents, 22-year-old Cody Chapin has been charged with second-degree reckless injury in the attack that left 27-year-old Kyle Patzer with multiple skull fractures, blood clots and bleeding on the brain.

“We’ve had quite a bit of success since the investigation began,” Shawano County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Tom Tuma told FOX 11. “The public exposure – via social media – and the television media did help in getting some of these folks convinced that it was time to bring an end to some of these activities.”

Chapin appeared in court Thursday and is free on a $15,000 signature bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Chapin admits to having drunk too much, lying to police and grabbing Patzer by his chest and shoving him. Court documents say Chapin thought Patzer was hitting on his girlfriend – which she denies.

The incident took place on Warrington Avenue in Cecil around 1 a.m. Saturday. Cops arrived to the scene and found Patzer.

Authorities say some people are still not cooperating with investigators. They continue to interview witnesses and expect more arrests to be made.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).