The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on suspicion of kicking a victim in the face at a bar on Saturday, police said. At about 12:32 a.m., deputies responded to the Country Kitchen Restaurant and Bar at 17500 Vierra Canyon Road on a report of battery, leaving the victim unconscious. According to police, the victim, Charles Bryan, was found bleeding profusely from the mouth and nose when officers arrived. Witnesses to the crime reported that Bryan had been intoxicated and that bartenders had refused to serve him alcohol due to his drunkenness. Bryan had been in several verbal arguments with customers over the course of the night, they said. Witnesses said that, when the owner of the establishment asked Bryan to leave, he complied, but was grabbed by the hood of his jacket when he reached the back door. Bruce Clausen pulled Bryan by the jacket and threw him to the ground in the rear parking lot, the sheriff’s office said. Clausen proceeded to kick Bryan in the face with his right leg, the sheriff’s office said, until Bryan lost consciousness. The sheriff’s office said Bryan suffered a cut to his lip and further injuries to the inside of his mouth. In addition, Bryan’s mouth, chin, and left cheek were red and swollen. When interviewed by police, Clausen denied kicking Bryan in the face, but admitted to throwing him out of the bar. The sheriff’s office said that Clausen had been asked to assist the bar owner with rowdy customers, but the bar owner claimed to have no idea what happened in the parking lot. Police booked Clausen into the Monterey County Jail. Bryan was transported to the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital by emergency medical aid.
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