Man charged in attack on Mitten Brewing employee

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man marked his birthday in court Friday, where he was charged in the alleged attack on a worker outside The Mitten Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids.

Travis Wayne Loveland, 32, is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm and felonious assault in connection to the July 20 assault outside the brewery. 

The 25-year-old worker was standing outside a door on the west side of the brewery facing Quarry Street when it happened. He told coworkers a man approached him and asked for a cigarette, but he had smoked his last one and told the suspect no.

When the worker turned to go back inside the brewery, the suspect attacked, smashing him in the back of the head with a hard object.

The victim believes he was hit with a baseball bat.

The co-owner of Mitten Brewing said the worker suffered a fractured skull, among other injuries.

While the Mitten Brewing Company’s insurance policy will cover the worker’s injuries, he’ll still need help with other expenses. Employees have established a GoFundMe account to help.

In 2012, Loveland pleaded no contest to assaulting, resisting or obstructing an officer, as well as a count of assaulting, resisting or obstructing an officer, causing injury. He was sentenced to 300 days in jail, court records show.

Grand Rapids police say the investigation into the assault outside Mitten Brewing is ongoing. Anyone with additional information about the case is encouraged to contact Detective Case Weston at 616.456.3384 or Silent Observer 616.774.2345.  

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