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AUSTIN EDITION Two arrested for assault

From staff reports

A 22-year-old man allegedly broke another man's tooth and cut his lip during a fight early Saturday in downtown Austin in which police used a chemical spray on some to control a gathered crowd.

Around 1:05 a.m., police saw a group of people yelling and walking toward the area behind Traders bar, Police Chief Paul Philipp said. Officers found a man holding up a 26-year-old man who was bleeding from the mouth.

A 22-year-old man from Austin had allegedly hit the 26-year-old, also from Austin, Philipp said.

Officers saw the injured man go up to the 22-year-old man and punch him in the side of the head, Philipp said. The 22-year-old then punched back.

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Because the officers felt threatened, police used chemical spray on a few people while trying to get through the crowd to the people fighting, Philipp said. Several people were handcuffed and kept in squad cars until the situation was under control.

The two fighters are expected to face assault charges, Philipp said. Police also cited a 21-year-old Austin man with disorderly conduct for the incident.

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