Owner of Grand Forks construction company accused of punching man from behind
The owner of a Grand Forks construction company has been accused of punching a man outside of a Grand Forks bar.
A Class C felony of aggravated assault was filed Thursday, Feb. 8, in Grand Forks District Court against Patrick Wayne Novak, 38, according to court documents.The documents accuse Novak of injuring Chris Koppang on Jan. 6 at the Bun Lounge. The two were inside the bar on Mill Road after a UND hockey game when Novak approached Koppang and "initiated a conversation," according to charging documents. Court documents don't detail the conversation in full, but Koppang reportedly said he didn't like Novak.
"Mr. Novak then made a comment to the affect that he would like to beat Koppang's face to a bloody pulp," the charging documents state.
Shortly after Koppang exited the building at 10:12 p.m., Novak allegedly stepped up from behind and punched the right side of Koppang's face, knocking the accuser to the ground, according to court documents.
"As Koppang is face down on the ground, Novak continued to punch Koppang until a bystander pulled Novak off of Koppang," police said in charging documents.
Koppang suffered facial bone fractures and required surgery, the charging documents state.
The two are "familiar with each other," police said.
Novak is listed on the North Dakota Secretary of State's website as the owner of Novak Construction.
The Herald was unable to reach Novak's attorney, whom Novak identified as Blake Hankey, for comment.
A Class C felony carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.