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Man accused of beating two in retaliation for FBI involvement

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MISSOULA - A man is accused of assaulting two people at the request of a friend who was in jail.

Bryan Charles Groehler, 27, is charged with two counts of felony assault with a weapon.

Court documents say that on the morning of Sept. 10, a blue-eyed man wearing a bandana over his face approached the female victim. He reportedly said "Bitch, I'll kill you," and then hit the woman with a hard object several times.

The male victim reported that he heard the attack, came out of the house and tried to defend the woman from the attacker. After a struggle, the attacker ran away.

The woman told police that she thought she was going to die in the attack. It left her with a broken arm, cuts and a head wound that required stitches.

Later on, the woman told police that a friend tipped her off that Groehler had carried out the attack at the request of her ex-boyfriend, Steven Simpkins.

The friend had been in Missoula County jail at the same time at Simpkins, and heard that Simpkins asked Groehler to beat up the woman because she cooperated with the FBI in an investigation against Simpkins.

Simpkins recently pleaded guilty in federal court to methamphetamine charges, and awaits sentencing.

Simpkins also made headlines in January 2018 after a high-speed chase from Missoula to Community Medical Center, where he'd allegedly pretended to have a dying child in the car.

Groehler is jailed in Missoula County on a $250,000 bond.

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