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Two men accused in brass knuckle beating

April 17, 2018 News Extra

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Joshua Fajohn of West Liberty, left,and Robert M. Codispot Jr. of Clay Twp., right, are charged in brass knuckle assault in Clay Township.

CLAY TWP — Two Butler County men are accused in a brass knuckle beating that left another man with a broken jaw.

State police arrested Robert M. Codispot Jr., 29, of Clay Township and Joshua A. Fajohn, 28, of West Liberty on felony assault and other charges stemming from the Friday morning altercation at Codispot's home on Muddy Creek Drive.

Both defendants are free on $30,000 bail each.

Police said they spoke to the victim, Justin Angerett, about 7 a.m. at Butler Memorial Hospital where he went for treatment of injuries following the suspected assault.

He told investigators that the alleged beating was connected to another incident earlier that morning, which state police also investigated, according to court documents.

Angerett recounted that he was driving a friend's vehicle in which Codispot was a passenger “because he was intoxicated,” a police affidavit said.

Police, he said, pulled him over and subsequently searched the vehicle, turning up pain pills.

During the stop, documents said, the alleged victim told police that the pills they found belonged to Codispot.

Preliminary hearings are set for April 24.

A full story appears in the Butler Eagle.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.