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Man Punched August 23 Outside Hermitage Bar Dies



A man critically injured on the night of August 23 after being punched and knocked to the ground outside Rebar by the Dam bar on Blackwood Drive died from his injuries on Wednesday of this week. Jamie Mitchell, 52, was comatose from the time of the assault until his death.

Brian Vantassel, 52, was charged with felony aggravated assault in the early morning hours of August 24 after detectives viewed surveillance video from the bar. Vantassel is presently free on $25,000 bond. Hermitage Precinct detectives are in contact with the District Attorney’s Office concerning amending/upgrading the charge against Vantassel in light of Mitchell’s death. Vantassel is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on September 17.