Eagle man charged in house party beating

EAGLE -- A 22-year-old Eagle man is behind bars after police say he punched another man hard enough to break bones in his face.

David Ryan March and the victim were both at a party early Monday morning at a home 900 block of West Stafford Drive when the attack happened. The victim, who says he and March don't know each other, told police he was talking to a woman on the back patio of the house when March punched him in the head without warning.

The injured man said he was so stunned by the blow he could not defend himself as March continued to punch him, breaking his nose and several other bones in his face.

The victim's friend got him away from the attack and took him to his car, the man said. He called police after arriving home at about 3 a.m. Monday. Paramedics took the victim to the hospital, where he was treated for a fractured jaw, nose and eye socket.

But when Eagle Police officers and Ada County Sheriff's Office deputies returned to the Stafford Drive home to talk to March, the suspect had already shut himself inside the house and refused to come out, police said.

Officers found blood on the back patio and a trail of blood leading to the front of the house. The standoff with March lasted three hours. Police say he finally surrendered at 7 a.m. after a K-9 police dog started barking.

The suspect was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery and resisting arrest. March has previous convictions for assault, battery, stalking and domestic violence. He was twice charged with aggravated battery in 2011, but one count was dismissed and the second was amended to disturbing the peace.

March is due to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.


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