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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

February 17, 2015 at 1:23 PM

Oregon man blames officers for 2 black eyes, but camera shows otherwise

The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County authorities say a suspect brought in for questioning later punched himself in the face and then signed an assault complaint against detectives.

But unfortunately for the suspect, a video recorder was running in a holding room where he’d been left after questioning.

The sheriff’s department said Tuesday the footage shows 33-year-old Aleksander Robin Tomaszewski hitting himself, leaving two black eyes.

Investigators say he told them he hoped filing a complaint would get him released.

Authorities say the Lucerne, Calif., man was brought in for questioning Jan. 9 on an unrelated case that’s under investigation.

He was charged with initiating a false report and attempted coercion, and found guilty last week. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail and fined $500.

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