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Police looking for witnesses to vicious assault during Brew Fest

Posted: Friday, Jul 26th, 2013

Evanston resident Jonny Pentz was seriously injured in an assault that took place during the Brew Fest event last weekend. Courtesy photo

EVANSTON — Law enforcement officials are looking for witnesses who may have seen the brutal beating of an Evanston man and his father during the city’s recent Brew Fest event, held July 20.

A release indicated the incident occurred about 4:20 p.m., during a fight, and police are hoping someone may have seen or even videotaped the incident, which could prove vital to resolving the case.

Jonny Pentz, 28, and a father of two young children, faces reconstructive surgery following the attack by four men, according to Pentz’s wife, Tara. She also said her husband’s father, 51-year-old Jon Pentz, sustained injuries, as well, when he attempted to defend his son.

“There were four men altogether,” Tara Pentz told the Herald. “Three of them jumped my husband. While one held him down, the other two were punching and kicking him in the face, until a few people saw what was happening and stopped to pull them off.”

It was at this time she said her father-in-law was also injured.

Pentz speculated the attack occurred as retaliation for an earlier altercation between a friend of her husband’s and one of his subsequent attackers.

According to Pentz, the men she believes attacked her husband were arrested by police, but then released for lack of evidence, though this was not confirmed with officials.

She said her husband suffered a fractured jaw, a broken nose, a fractured skull, a broken orbital socket and crushed sinuses.

A donation account has been set up at www.gofundme.com/3oqjbc to help the family with Jonny’s medical expenses.

Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to contact the Evanston Police Department at (307) 783-6400 during regular business hours, or call dispatch at (307) 783-1000 after hours. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Uinta County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (307) 789-CASH (2274).

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