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Man charged with attacking officer

Nam Viet Hong Vo of Midway City is scheduled for pretrial Friday after alleged incident at Hotel Huntington Beach.

March 21, 2012|By Mona Shadia

A Midway City man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault charges for allegedly attacking a Huntington Beach police officer who responded to a fight in front of a hotel, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Nam Viet Hong Vo is allegedly one of an unknown number of people who attacked the officer at 12:59 a.m. Saturday. His bail was set at $500,000, and he is scheduled for pretrial hearing on Friday, said district attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami.

The officer, whose name was not being released, was the first to respond to a report of a fight at Hotel Huntington Beach, 7667 Center Ave., said Lt. Mitch O'Brien.

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As the officer was assisting people who were injured in the fight, he was allegedly attacked by Vo and others.

"He became the victim really quickly over a really vicious assault," O'Brien said.

Other officers responded shortly. Vo was arrested, but the rest of the suspects fled the scene.

The officer suffered moderate injuries, was transported to a local hospital and is now recovering at home, O'Brien said.

Police are still investigating the case and are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Pat Ellis at (714) 536-5971.

mona.shadia@latimes.com

Twitter: @MonaShadia

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