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Hagan: assault was random



Published: Mon, February 8, 2010 @ 4:36 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — State Rep. Robert F. Hagan said he doesn’t want his assault at a downtown restaurant/bar to leave people with the impression that the area isn’t safe.

“It was a random act of violence,” Hagan said. “It could have happened anywhere. People look for excuses not to come downtown. There’s very little problems with behavior in downtown Youngstown.”

Hagan was punched in the face and collapsed to the floor, losing consciousness, shortly after entering The Lemon Grove Caf, 122 W. Federal St., about 11 p.m. Saturday, according to a police report.

Hagan of Youngstown, 60, said he received 11 stitches to his chin, suffered a concussion and rib injuries, the latter occurring when he fell to the floor.

Police charged Dorian Thomas of Youngstown, 30, with assault. Thomas was being held in the Mahoning County jail pending a Thomas admitted he punched Hagan, a police report states.

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