3rd man arrested in January beating

Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:18 p.m.

Gainesville police on Friday arrested a man in connection with a beating that took place in January.

Bryan Joseph Rohan, 25, of 1614 16th Lane Apt. F, was charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor simple battery.

Police had previously arrested two other men allegedly involved in the beating — Warren Anthony Durdley, 28, and Darrell Raynard Butler, 22 — on the same charges.

The arrests stem from a beating along Northwest First Avenue at approximately 2 a.m. Jan. 15, according to a police report.

According to the report, a man was walking down the side of the road and was nearly struck by a vehicle carrying Rohan, Butler and Durdley. When the man then slapped the car and yelled. Rohan, Butler and Durdley exited the vehicle and beat the man into unconsciousness, accord to a police report. The victim's injuries have required "extensive, ongoing medical treatment" that include multiple surgeries for a broken jaw, police say.

A second victim, a man who attempted to intervene, sustained injuries that included a black eye and a heavily bruised leg.

Police recovered a cellphone at the scene and sent it to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, where an analysis showed the phone belonged to Durdley, according to a report.

Police also say that Rohan, Durdley and Butler were picked up in a traffic stop shortly after the January attack. The car they were in at that time was later identified by witnesses as the vehicle at the scene of the beating, police say. The vehicle is registered to the same address where Durdley lived, according to a report.

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