FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- Police in Fayetteville have charged a bar bouncer with aggravated assault after he allegedly beat a Fort Bragg soldier at Maverick's Saloon on Raeford Road September 3.
Aufaga Jeffrey Tiumalu, 29, was charged with assault inflicting serious injuries on Thursday. He has since been released from the Cumberland County jail on $10,000 unsecured bond.
Pictures of his alleged victim - Gabriel Ciraulo - were posted on social media soon after the incident. They show the 21-year-old with a missing tooth and a bloodied head. His family said he suffered a concussion.
Ciraulo's family and supporters said he was beaten repeatedly to the point of unconsciousness by the nearly 300-pound bouncer.
Ciraulo is in the 160 pound range.
Police are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective A Freeborough at (910) 703-1301. Information also can be submitted by calling Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477) or by visiting http://www.fay-nccrimestoppers.org/send_a_tip.aspx and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).
A fire at the bar this week heavily damaged the business. Police say the fire is suspicious.