A Spencer man was arrested for assault June 12 after he reportedly hit a man in the face near the bypass on the east side of town that evening.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported that Tony Putzier Jr., 27, was arrested on a charge of serious assault causing bodily injury following an investigation of the incident.
A news release stated the sheriff’s office had received a call earlier in which a victim said he was assaulted after his vehicle was almost struck by another at the Highway 18 and 240th Avenue intersection.
The other vehicle, a pickup truck with three people in it, according to the report, followed the victim to 340th Street and 240th Avenue.
Both the victim and the others in the exited their vehicles. A verbal confrontation ensued.
Putzier, a passenger in the pickup, reportedly struck the victim in the face, which caused a “severe laceration” on the victim’s lip, the report stated.
Putzier and the others then left the scene.
The Spencer Police Department then located them in the 3600 mile of 240th Avenue. A Clay County deputy arrived with a police officer.
The deputy spoke with the group and saw Putzier had “a fresh cut on his left hand, consistent with hitting someone with a closed fist, and blood on his pants,” the report stated.
Putzier was then arrested.
He also had an Ida County warrant out for his arrest for a 10-day mittimus.
Putzier was held in jail to appear in court.