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Assault at Bar Leaves Man With Broken Nose, Fractured Face, Lost Teeth

Police said a Wildwood man and another person repeatedly punched and kicked another man at Larry's Tavern.

A Wildwood man punched and kicked another man, breaking his nose and a facial bone, and knocking out teeth at a local bar.

Craig M. Gustafson, 38, of the 300 block of Copper Mountain Court in Wildwood, was charged Monday with first-degree assault.

St. Louis County Police said Gustafson punched the man in the face, knocking him down Dec. 29 at Larry’s Tavern. Gustafson and another man then repeatedly punched and kicked the man, who had teeth knocked out and suffered a broken nose and a bilateral Le Fort fracture, a broken facial bone that required surgery according to court documents.

The man reports continued pain and the possibility of another surgery, police said.

Police have not yet identified the second man in the assault, according to a St. Louis County Police warrant application.

Bail was set at $50,000 for Gustafson. He was released from St. Louis County jail after being served with an arrest warrant Tuesday.

For more crime information on Eureka-Wildwood Patch, see the following articles:

  • Police Arrest Man Wanted for Assault; Chase Ends at Eureka on I-44
Nunya March 17, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Great father?!?!? Great example. Takes a real tough guy to double team another and then kick him when he's down. As for Larry's, it was here long before the pretentious people who bash it were. Lighten up or move!
Nunya March 17, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Larry's has been a staple of the area long before it became the "trendy" hangout for the elite Wildwoodians. If you don't like it, go to Table Three or Harpos, sip your wine and martinis, and hang out where you'd fit in better...
Sylvester Mena Mena March 20, 2013 at 08:38 AM
Here's what happened. The victim, let's call him Ami, made a wager on shuffleboard and lost. He refused to pay, and the Jew got his ass kicked. End of story.
Kristi Brown May 14, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Wow. Okay, and not paying deserves getting his face kicked in? And, by your last comment, I will stand by my racially motivated crime comment. I don't think this has anything to do with Larry's and don't know why anyone would assume this. As someone stated earlier, this is a case of a bar fight, but one gone terribly wrong. It doesn't matter where it happened, it just matters that it did and that the person(s) responsible pay for their crime. Period.

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