Brother's fight over guitar leads to arrest, charges

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CONGRESS - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On February 13, 2009, at approximately 10:30 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported family fight in the 29000 block of Highway 89, Congress. Upon arrival, deputies found a 17-year-old assault victim sitting on a sofa holding an ice pack to his head. The victim had a swollen nose and numerous cuts and bruise to his face and head. Deputies learned that the victim's 18-year-old brother, David Kohler, was the person who assaulted him. The victim's 10-year-old step-brother was home and witnessed the assault. Deputies immediately searched the home, found Kohler in a back bedroom, and detained him.

The victim told deputies he was attacked by Kohler after Kohler refused to stop playing amplified guitar in the living room. Kohler began pushing and punching the victim in the face until the victim and his 10-year-old step-brother were able to retreat to a bedroom. The victim locked the door just before Kohler's numerous attempts to kick the door open while making continued threats. Fearing further attack by not cooperating with Kohler, the victim opened the door and saw Kohler holding a steak knife in hand. The victim grabbed Kohler's arm hoping to prevent being struck by the knife, but Kohler broke free, threw the knife towards the victim and missed. Kohler also threw a chair at the victim which did not cause any additional injury.

As Kohler wrested the victim to the ground, his 10-year-old step-brother was able to call YCSO and report the assault. By the time deputies arrived, Kohler and the victim were separated. The boy's grandmother and guardian had left on an errand, but returned after a phone call from the 10-year-old. Emergency Medical Service personnel arrived and treated the victim at the scene.

Kohler was arrested and booked at the Prescott Detention Center on charges including Aggravated Assault, Endangerment, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Damage. Kohler remains in-custody on a $20,000 bond with a next court date of February 19, 2009.