Police have charged a North Platte man with a felony after he allegedly assaulted his brother’s roommate and seriously injured him.
Just after 3:00 pm, on March 17, an officer with the North Platte Police Department responded to Great Plains Health and met with a 20-year-old male who had injuries to his face. Investigator John Deal said the man refused to tell officers what had happened.
Later that day, Deal said the victim called the police and advised that he would like to speak to them about what had happened.
According to the victim, he had gone to his residence in the 1200 block of Skinner Drive on March 16, at around 11:00 pm. He stated that when he arrived, his roommate’s brother, 27-year-old Brian Piel, was inside the residence and would not let him in.
It was reported that, as some point, Piel punched the victim in the face numerous times. Deal said this account was corroborated by several witnesses who were interviewed, and it was determined that Piel was the aggressor in the disturbance.
On March 28, Piel was contacted by police at a residence in the 700 block of South Dewey. He was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center and charged with felony 1st-degree assault.
Deal said the alleged victim suffered a broken jaw and facial lacerations that required stitches.