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An off duty police officer was taken to the ground and beaten in an attack that happened in a restaurant parking lot. An off duty police officer was taken to the ground and beaten in an attack that happened in a restaurant parking lot.
Sebastian Racine (left) and James Whobrey (right) Sebastian Racine (left) and James Whobrey (right)
Jeremy Mull Jeremy Mull

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – An off-duty police officer suffered a broken leg and nose when he was taken to the ground and beaten in an attack that happened in a restaurant parking lot. 

The assault occurred in the parking lot of Buckhead Mountain Grill in Jeffersonville in March. On Wednesday, April 30 charges were filed against two suspects who remain at large.

Prosecutors charged Sebastian Racine and James Whobrey with felony battery.

"The victim was down on the ground and then both men started to physically attack the victim," said a witness of the attack who asked that her identity be withheld. "Myself and another person ran out to try to break it up, but the damage was already done."

Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said the victim, a Heritage Creek police officer, was off-duty and in his own truck when the suspects pulled up and parked next to him. The victim told police he confronted the men after one of them hit his truck with their car door. Witnesses said the confrontation escalated quickly.

"There was some hatred there," said the witness. "He wanted to hurt that guy for whatever reason. I did not understand that. It was really bad."

The victim told police that while the attack was going on he did identify himself as a police officer. The suspects left the scene before police arrived, but were later identified.

"By consensus of the witnesses it's clear that the two charged defendants did knock the victim to the ground and while he was laying on the ground he was punched and kicked and stomped," said Mull.

Mull said Racine called officers days later to give his account of what happened, but in the end both men were charged with battery. A witness said the worst part of the attack was that children were around.

"The victim had a baby who was asleep in the car so she didn't witness any of it and the suspects had a child in the car and the entire time the child in the car was yelling ‘Daddy, stop. Get back in the car. No Daddy no'," said the witness.

Witnesses told police Racine then proceeded to stomp on the victim's cell phone and break it.

"It was really kind of scary because the guy was down on the ground and there was already blood coming from his mouth and his nose and they just continued to kick him and yell out all kinds of profanities at him," said the witness.

WAVE 3 News spoke with the off-duty police officer who did not want to go on camera, but wanted to thank the witnesses and Jeffersonville Police for the response.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Racine and Whobrey you are asked to call the Jeffersonville Police Department at (812) 283-6633. 

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