By Lisa Pett
A 21-year-old Milwaukee man was in court this week facing charges of felony battery.
Lott was arrested early New Year’s Day at Brickhause Tavern, 1334 Second St., after he allegedly assaulted another patron there.
Joshua Lott pleaded not guilty before Judge John Finn to charges of substantial battery, a class I felony, and resisting arrest.
According to the criminal complaint, officers from the Stevens Point Police Department responding to an assault at the Brickhaus Tavern at 4:59 AM on January 1. Witnesses say the suspect left the bar and went to an upstairs apartment above the tavern.
The victim suffered two facial fractures and was bleeding beneath one eye. He was transported by ambulance to St. Michael’s Hospital for treatment.
When officers found Lott upstairs he denied involvement, then tried to leave and became combative. Later he admitted to being at the tavern but denying that he was in any physical altercation that day.
During the interview Lott apologized to the officers for his combative conduct. Officers discovered he was carrying a small amount of marijuana, cited him for possession of THC and he was later released on a signature bond.
Further investigation and review of the surveillance video tapes showed Lott arriving and leaving the Brickhause Tavern within the time frame of the attack.
If convicted, Lott could be sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison and be fined $10,000. He remains free on a $5,000 signature bond and is due back in court on June 8.