FARMINGTON – A local man is accused of beating another man in the head and face with an aluminum flashlight early Saturday.

The 23-year-old victim had been sleeping in his vehicle parked at the Front Street Tavern parking lot when two men got in asked for a ride, police Chief Jack Peck said Monday.

Justin M. Crowley-Smilek, 27, of Farmington was arrested on a charge of elevated, aggravated assault, Peck said.

A conviction on the charge is punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

According to Peck police responded to a report of a man that had been assaulted at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived the victim’s face was covered with blood and he had facial injuries, Peck said.

The person who had assaulted him had left the scene.

About 15 minutes later, another report of a fight at 401 High Street was reported. Police officer William Tanner responded while Sgt. Peter Barker stayed behind interviewing the victim at Front Street.

When Tanner arrived at the High Street incident a witness indicated Crowley-Smilek was the one who assaulted someone in the Front Street Tavern lot, Peck said.

Peck said Crowley-Smilek’s hands and pants were covered in blood.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released, Peck said.

Crowley-Smilek is being held on $10,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in a Farmington courtroom Monday.

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