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Date of Issue: July 23, 2008

Battery investigation continues

Holmes Beach police continue to investigate a July 10 aggravated battery that sent one man with traumatic injuries to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the victim, identified as Jeff Haskins, 39, of Bradenton Beach, continued his recovery. Emergency medical helicopter took Haskins to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg at about 10:40 p.m. July 10.

He was found in a parking lot at the Island Shopping Center on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach after an apparent fight with two patrons of D.Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Police released descriptions of the two suspects seen beating Haskins in the parking lot.

One suspect was described as about 28-32 years old, 160 pounds, 5 feet 7 inches tall with dark curly hair and a dark complexion.

The second suspect was described as about 28-32 years old, 150 pounds, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with short blond hair and a light complexion.

Police also continued to review possible evidence leading to the identity of the suspects. Video surveillance cameras exist in the area. Also, the bar uses a scanner system to check the validity of identification cards.

“We are looking into any information from the bar that can help identify the suspects,” HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson said.

“We were able to obtain some information and that’s with the detective right now.”

HBPD detective Steven Wolff also planned to interview Haskins, who as of July 18 remained at Bayfront Medical Center listed in stable condition but unable to answer questions.

Witnesses can call HBPD at 941-778-5804, ext. 243, or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 941-634-8477 for a possible reward in the event information leads to an arrest.

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