A father and son are facing assault charges following an alleged incident that reportedly began as an argument.
According to an affidavit filed with the Hillsboro Municipal Court, the alleged victim came to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday to report that he had been assaulted at his Union Road home earlier that day.
An argument concerning a personal family matter reportedly began between the alleged victim and Bryce Swango, 22, Hillsboro, when Swango came to the residence. The affidavit stated that the “argument got heated and went outside.”
The affidavit added that Bryce Swango’s father – Brian Swango, 47, Peebles – arrived at the residence shortly thereafter. They both allegedly “cornered (the alleged victim) and began hitting him,” according to the affidavit.
The affidavit stated that Brian Swango threw the first punch, and that Bryce Swango then “jumped in.” The deputy also reported that the alleged victim said Brian Swango “grabbed him and held him while Bryce (Swango) hit him several times,” according to the affidavit.
After the alleged fight, the Swangos reportedly left. The affidavit added that later, Brian Swango reportedly called the alleged victim. He allegedly “told him that this was not over and that he was going to pay,” according to the affidavit.
The deputy reported that the alleged victim said he was “afraid of more retaliation,” as stated in the affidavit.
The affidavit added that “it was obvious (the alleged victim) had been assaulted.” He reportedly had dried blood on the top of his nose and complained of neck pain, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, the alleged victim had not received any medical treatment.
On Monday, both Swangos appeared in municipal court. Their bonds were set at their own recognizance (OR).
Pretrials are scheduled for the end of next month. While their cases are pending, they must remain 200 yards away from the alleged victim and observe a curfew.
Reach Sarah Allen at 937-393-3456, ext. 1680, or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.
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