PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) – Two sailors from a nuclear submarine have been charged with beating a man and leaving him unconscious on a Portsmouth, N.H., street.

Police say an officer found the 48-year-old victim a few minutes before midnight Friday night. He is reported in intensive care with a fractured skull.

Investigators arrested 22-year-old Gerald Smith and 23-year-old Sandy Portobanco. The USS Greeneville crewmen are charged with assault and witness tampering after police say they threatened a witness.

Police say Smith and Portobanco were in a Navy van when Smith took offense to something the victim allegedly said to them. Investigators say Smith stopped the van, argued with the victim, then beat him, along with Portobanco.

Police are asking witnesses to contact them.

AP-ES-05-23-09 1625EDT


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