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Pair charged with beating bartenders will stand trial

NAZARETH, Pa. - Two Northampton County residents, charged with attacking bar employees who wouldn't sell them beer after-hours, are heading to trial.

Preliminary hearings were held Thursday for Casey Hoffman, 22, and Brian Petix, 31, both of Nazareth, and all charges were held for court.

Police say the pair went to the American Hotel on South Main Street in Nazareth around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 20th. Officials say they tried to buy a six-pack of beer, but were told by employees that the bar was closed.

Police say Petix and Hoffman got angry, and threatened employees and damaged the bar before leaving.

Investigators say the two waited outside the business, and Hoffman reportedly tried to enter the bar by kicking and punching the door, and hitting it with a studded metal belt. Police say she was yelling at the employees to come out and fight.

When one of the employees, Mark Peterson, left, police say he was attacked by Petix, who punched him numerous times, causing severe injuries to his head and face. Police say Peterson had to get stitches on both sides of his face, and temporarily lost vision in his left eye after it filled with blood.

The victim's daughter, Kelly Peterson, who also works at the American Hotel, left a short time after her father. Police say she was attacked by Hoffman, who punched her and whipped her with the studded belt.

Hoffman and Petix are charged with assault, harassment and other charges.

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