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Bluffs man facing felony assault for vicious attack at Lake Minatare

Bluffs man facing felony assault for vicious attack at Lake Minatare
Booking photo provided by Scotts Bluff County DetentioC center

An 18 year old Scottsbluff man has been charged with aggravated assault after a vicious attack on another man at Lake Minatare last Wednesday.

Elijah Blanco is accused of driving to the lake and beating up and body slamming the man to the ground in a jealous rage after the victim talked to his ex-girlfriend. The victim had swollen lips and eyes when he came to Regional West and was diagnosed with a concussion, had stitches to his upper lip, and part of his nose was broken.

The ex-girlfriend. said she had broken up with Blanco a couple months after a two year relationship and said he was “very controlling.” The victim told the investigating State Trooper he was trying to have nothing to do with the girl because he knew how Blanco would react.

Several people told the investigating State Patrol Trooper they witnessed the attack.

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