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Levi C. Bohman

At around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, police responded to a residence in the 300 block of East 8th on a reported disturbance involving a bleeding male running into a home there.

Officers found a 20-year-old man injured from an assault that had taken place in his next-door home in the 800 block of N. Bailey, police spokesman Rodney Brown said. The victim said suspects Levi Bohman, 20, and his father, Curt Bohman, 59, both of Sutherland, came to his home and attacked him. The victim said Curt Bohman initially confronted him in the doorway and Levi Bohman hit him in the face.

Brown said the attack continued inside the home, with Levi continuing to punch, kick and choke the alleged victim. Both Curt and Levi held the victim and restrained him from leaving when the man tried to escape.

Eventually, the man got away and ran next door, seeking safety. The homeowner of that home in the 300 block of E. 8th secured the front door and kept the pursuing Levi Bohman from getting in, Brown said.

The Bohmans left the scene before police arrived.

The victim, Stephen Kent, was transported to Great Plains Regional Medical Center emergency room where he was treated for minor injuries to his arms, neck, chest, head and back and released, Brown said.

On Monday, an investigator questioned Levi Bohman and arrested him.

Bohman was initially charged with first-degree false imprisonment, strangulation, two counts of assault, criminal trespassing, disturbing the peace as well as two counts of child abuse (due to fear to children that was caused when Bohman tried to enter the next-door home where the victim ran to hide.)

In court, Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Austen Leighty asked for a bond of $250,000. Leighty said it was particularly violent crimes and spilled over from Kentís house to the neighbor's, where Kent ran for help.

The charges read in court were false imprisonment, strangulation, assault, terroristic threats and trespassing.

Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull said a $250,000 bond would be greater than the sentencing parameters and set bond at $150,000.

Bohman asked for a public defender.

The neighbor, Jessica Yearling, was in court. She broke into tears during the arraignment.

Curt Bohman was also arrested Tuesday and charged with false imprisonment, trespassing and assault.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/20/2013
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