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Boyle faces felony assault for brass knuckle attack
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A man faces felony assault charges after he allegedly beat up a man with the victim’s own brass knuckles the day after Christmas.
The suspect, Michael Boyle, will face preliminary hearing Feb. 16 before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on the charge of aggravated assault, a crime that carries three to six years in prison. He is accused of attacking Andrew Hibshman at the victim’s home on the morning after Christmas.
Hibshman said he heard beating on his door around 9 a.m. and found Boyle standing on his doorstep. The victim told the judicial commissioner he knew Boyle because he had dated Boyle’s ex-girlfriend. Hibshman claims Boyle had texted him, threatening to do harm to he and his current girlfriend.
“I opened the door to Mr. Boyle with the idea of talking to him and calming him down,” Hibshman swore on the warrant penned by a judicial commissioner. “Instead, as soon as I opened the door, he began attacking.”
Hibshman said he was hit about the face and body and reached for a pair of brass knuckles to defend himself. However, the victim admitted the brass knuckles were immediately taken away from him and used by his attacker to inflict more pain. The victim said Boyle proceeded to choke him until he passed out.
When he came to, Hibshman maintains, Boyle was standing over him with a shirt full of ice, presumably used to revive him. He claims his attacker then tried to offer an excuse as to why he had beat him up.
Hibshman was taken to River Park Hospital for treatment of his injuries.