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Fla. man arrested for random Ventura attack

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

July 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Ventura police arrested a 27-year-old Florida man for allegedly attacking a man for no apparent reason outside a bar on Thursday.Ventura officers responded to the Star Lounge at 343 E. Main just after midnight to see a man lying unconscious on the sidewalk, bleeding from a head wound, and several men arguing.

Their investigation revealed a number of bar patrons walked outside and began arguing. The victim was watching the arguing when Joshua Shields allegedly blindsided and struck him with a closed fist to the head. The punch knocked the victim unconscious, and he fell to the sidewalk, striking his head on the concrete.

Ventura police arrived on the scene less than a minute later. Investigators say the battery appears to be a random act of violence with no obvious motive.

The victim was treated at the scene, but he refused to be taken to the hospital.

Shields was booked on felony battery causing serious injury.