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Aua man fighting for his life after weekend assault

A 32-year old man from Aua is fighting for his life at the LBJ hospital, receiving medical treatment at the Intensive Care Unit, after he was assaulted over the weekend.

The Criminal Investigation Division with the Department of Public Safety is conducting an investigation into this brutal assault that occurred early Sunday morning.

Commander of CID Captain Lavata’i Taase Sagappolutele said the investigation is continuing, however once the police report is complete, it will be forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for prosecution.

Samoa News understands that no one has been arrested in connection with this matter.

One witness told Samoa News that on Sunday morning he passed by and saw a group of people surrounding the victim, who was lying unconscious near an abandoned store.

He stopped and saw that the victim’s face was covered with blood. A few minutes later an Emergency Medical Services ambulance arrived and took the victim to the hospital.

A family member of the victim told Samoa News that her family had a birthday party Saturday evening and following that party her cousin was assaulted by a group of men.

She said their family thought the victim was already asleep; however, the victim’s wife went looking for the victim and found him lying unconscious in the bushes near the main road in Aua.

She said her cousin had been assaulted with beer bottles. The family member said the victim suffered severe head injuries, and once he stabilizes and can be taken on the airplane, the family will take him off island for further treatment.