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POLICE: Victim on life support after severe beating from Louisville suspect

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Russhawn Townsend (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Russhawn Townsend (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has arrested a suspect Louisville Metro Police say beat two men -- one of them so severely he was eventually placed on life support.

According to an arrest warrant, it happened on New Year's Day at the White Castle on Bardstown Road, near Hikes Lane.

Police say 32-year-old Russhawn Townsend and an accomplice got into an argument with a man while he was in line to get his food. As the man was leaving, police say Townsend and his accomplice got into a fight with the victim, with Townsend punching him in the face.

One of the victim's friends came to his assistance and he was punched in the face and knocked unconscious. Police say that victim fell to the ground, and Townsend and his accomplice began kicking him in the head.

Witnesses called Louisville Metro Police, and police say a woman drove both Townsend and his accomplice away. 

One of the two men who was assaulted was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries -- including a fractured skull and bleeding of the brain, according to police. Police say that, while in surgery, that man had a stroke. As of Wednesday, Jan. 13, he was on life support, and it was unclear if he would recover from his injuries.

The other victim suffered swelling and bruises to his face.

A warrant was issued for Townsend's arrest on Wednesday. He was taken into custody on Thursday, and charged with first degree assault and fourth degree assault.

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