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After weekend attack in Northampton, Easthampton man seeks help to identify assailant

Daniel J. Couchon, 25, of Easthampton, suffered a severely broken nose and five other facial fractures after he was allegedly attacked on Strong Avenue early Saturday morning.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL COUCHON

Daniel J. Couchon, 25, of Easthampton, suffered a severely broken nose and five other facial fractures after he was allegedly attacked on Strong Avenue early Saturday morning. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL COUCHON

Police Capt. Scott Savino said the city’s detective bureau is investigating the incident that left Daniel J. Couchon with a severely broken nose and five other facial fractures.

Couchon said he left Bishop’s Lounge Saturday just after 1 a.m. and walked to his car, which was parked on the street near the entrance to the Tunnel Bar.

“I was approached at my car by a guy who ended up socking me in the face and knocking me unconscious, and witnesses said he continued to beat me on the ground,” Couchon said in a telephone interview from his home Tuesday morning. His voice was affected by the cast he has to wear on his nose following the reconstructive surgery he underwent Saturday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

Couchon said he has no idea why the man, who was unknown to him, attacked him.

“It seemed very spontaneous,” he said. “He just walked up and asked me, ‘Where’s the after-party, man,’ and it just happened really quickly.”

Savino said police and an ambulance responded to the scene at 1:13 a.m. after a caller said a man had been assaulted — and the suspect and three other males with him left in a blue Honda Civic.

“It was difficult to tell the extent of his injuries because of the blood covering his face,” the police report states. Couchon was taken to Baystate Medical Center “due to the extent of his injuries.”

Savino said witnesses interviewed at the scene said words were exchanged between the two men before the alleged assailant, a man described as white or light-skinned, possibly with facial hair, punched Couchon and then “threw a few more punches” while the victim was on the ground. They said he left in a blue or gray Honda with three other males.

Couchon said he is still in a great deal of pain and suffers constant bleeding from his nose days later. He believes there were many people in the area at the time of the attack, and said the information they could provide could help police to track down the man who injured him

“It’s just frustrating,” he said. “The pain I can deal with, but having this guy out there who is cold-hearted enough to beat an unconscious guy is not OK. I want to see him in court.”

Savino said there was no information in the police report to indicate that the assault was a hate crime.

“There’s no indication he was targeted,” Savino said.

Anyone with information can contact the Northampton detective bureau at 413-587-1133. Anonymous tips can be sent via text message to 274637 by including the word ‘protect’ and identifying the incident the message is regarding.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

This is an unfortunate event and I hope they find the person responsible. I also think it is unfortunate that the newspaper published a photograph of Danile Couchon following the attack. Not only is he physically living with the pain of it right now, and likely will as he begins to heal, but he will also have to live with the pain of having the picture publicized. If that were me, I wouldn't want to see the picture, let alone have everyone else see it!

Daniel is my son and although very (repeat very) upset over this unprovoked incident on my non-violent son, I am proud that he is among the first to step forward, himself. This kind of physical insult is not characteristic of our communities and neighbors. Whoever you are, our police and citizens will unrelentingly search you out and bring you to our courts. No chance, that's zero chance you will get away with this. If one of the other three of you has any sense, you'll talk and save yourself a little free time.

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