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Three local Butte men helped police apprehend a 24-year-old man who severely assaulted a woman on Saturday night.

Police said they were called down to an apartment complex on Trinity Loop around 9 p.m. on a disturbance call between a man and a woman.

When officers arrived, a witness informed them Levi Anderson had allegedly assaulted a woman outside near the apartments. The witness told officers he had attempted to stop Anderson, which is when Anderson and the victim reportedly took off running toward the Butte Country Club, police said.

As police were patrolling the country club area, they received a call from the club informing them the victim was inside of the main building, where a wedding reception was taking place.

Officers were also informed that three men at this wedding reception, ages 23, 29 and 30, had chased Anderson and held him near Albany Avenue and East Lake Street for police.

“It was great,” Undersheriff George Skuletich said of the three men’s assistance in arresting Anderson. “We would have had a name and issued a warrant, but these men helped us get him off the street.”

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In speaking with the victim, police learned that Anderson had allegedly punched her several times in the face and whipped her with a set of keys attached to a lanyard. The woman had severe bruising to her face, a swollen eye and a missing tooth, police said.

Anderson was cited for felony partner or family member assault with serious bodily injury, and misdemeanor tampering with a communication device, as he reportedly threw the woman’s phone as she attempted to get away from him.

Police said they have not located the woman’s phone and that Anderson was  still in custody as of Monday morning.

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