(Clockwise) Anthony Bonfiglio, Angel Castaneda, Matthew Garcia, John Hyatt and Steven Haglund.
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TUCSON, AZ - Five Pima County Jail officers are under arrest in what authorities say was an unprovoked assault outside a downtown Tucson bar.
Police Sgt. Chris Widmer says the five sheriff's employees assigned to the Pima County Adult Detention Center all face four counts each of aggravated assault.
He says the assault began early Wednesday morning when a man attempted to lock his bicycle outside the Buffet Bar.
Widmer says in a release that one of the assailants punched the man, who then sought help.
He says when the victim returned with another man, they were confronted by the five suspects who began punching and kicking them.
At one point, a neighbor and his 17-year-old son tried to intervene and they were attacked.
Widmer says one man was treated at a hospital for serious injuries.
He identified the suspects as 25-year-old Anthony Bonfiglio, 23-year-old Angel Castaneda, 24-year-old Matthew Garcia, 30-year-old John Hyatt, and 26-year-old Steven Haglund.
The Pima County Sheriff's department said the five suspects, who were all off duty at the time of the alleged assault, were placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate.
"The criminal conduct and behavior of the involved corrections officers is shocking and reprehensible," the department said in a statement. "We anticipate several terminations by the end of the week and more discipline in the next weeks as the investigation continues."
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