A Waunakee man is facing a felony charge for substantial battery and a misdemeanor charge for disorderly conduct after being accused of punching another man outside of the Gold Nugget on Main Street during the early morning hours of June 23.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, Waunakee Police responded to a report of a man who was on the sidewalk in front of the bar at approximately 1:41 a.m. June 23. Police observed a crowd of people around the subject who was lying on the ground, and a police officer and Waunakee EMS tended to the man.

Police spoke with several witnesses, who told them the man had been “bear hugged” and slammed to the ground, hitting his head. One witness identified the suspect as Craig R. Moreno, 25, of Waunakee.

Another witness said he saw the suspect run west, and then north on Baker Street.

Witnesses told police the defendant was seen grabbing the victim by his throat then throwing him to ground. One said the victim “hit the back of his head on the concrete very hard and almost immediately started bleeding from the head,” the criminal complaint states.

Waunakee EMS transported the victim to a Madison hospital where doctors told police he had received a moderate to severe concussion. The victim reported to police that three staples in his head were used to close the laceration, according to the criminal complaint.

If convicted, Moreno faces a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three years, six months in prison.

Moreno was due to appear in Dane County Circuit Court for an initial appearance on June 27.

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