BEATRICE – Beatrice Police have arrested a suspect in a burglary and brutal assault, where the alleged victim sustained several fractures in a late April incident.

Officers were summoned April 29th at 3:50 a.m. to the third floor of a downtown apartment building at 4th and Court…where someone had been heard yelling for help. Police forced entry into a locked apartment, finding a male who was bleeding from his face and had a large laceration to his cheek. 

Paramedics observed what appeared to be two human bite marks on the man’s left side and neck.  He was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital, where authorities said he was found to have fractures on both sides of his face, a nasal fracture and possible jaw fracture.  The victim also had two broken fingers, two broken toes and several lacerations.   He was transferred to Bryan Health Center West in Lincoln for more in-depth treatment, where he underwent reconstructive surgery.

When asked who assaulted him, the victim would only tell police “the devil”. 

Upon questioning later at the hospital…officers were led to a man who the victim periodically would provide rides for.  Law officers were also given information about the victim being with the male and a woman, allegedly using marijuana and methamphetamine in an apartment, also on the third floor of the downtown building.  Police said the suspect then attempted to kick the victim out of the apartment over a dispute about money for drugs used.

Police said that’s when the victim was attacked by the suspect.  The injured man was able to make it out into the hallway and return to his own apartment.

Police learned that the suspect then allegedly came to the injured man’s apartment and threw a cell phone and tablet at him, which he had left behind at the other apartment. The injured man told police he was punched repeatedly.

Police obtained a search warrant that was served Friday, May 3rd…arresting 27-year-old Dylan Walters on suspicion of first-degree assault and burglary.  Police said Walters also had a prior first-degree assault conviction from another state.