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Man accused of continuing to beat motel worker after knocking him out

BEAUMONT - A man accused of continuing to beat a Beaumont motel worker after knocking him unconscious is out of jail, one day before his 26th birthday.

A verbal argument followed by flying fists took place just after midnight at Deluxe Inn and Suites in Beaumont on January 1st.

Police say one of the men working for the motel tried to get Joseph Ellis to leave the property.

The hotel manager says because Ellis was being unruly but he refused to leave and a fight ensued, first with words and then with fists.

"As it is, they tried to take care of it themselves and ended up not being the winners in this particular case," said Officer Doug Kibodeaux.

Police say the hotel worker swung first and the suspect fought back, knocking the man unconscious.

That's when police say he started beating the worker some more.

"It was the fact that he knocked the subject unconscious and then while he was laying there helpless, he kicked him," said Kibodeaux. "At that point, it became more. It's not self-defense at that point.

The hotel manager says the worker's son tried to get the man to stop and that's when Ellis started punching the son.

He eventually called the cops and they found him a short time later.

Facing two separate assault charges and a $20,500 bond, Ellis bonded out Thursday.

Police say the situation could have been avoided and less people injured had the hotel workers called them from the beginning.

"I mean if they would have called us, we would have taken care of it. We could have gotten them off the property or taken him to jail for criminal trespassing if he still refused," said Kibodeaux.

The motel worker is not facing any charges. Police say Ellis did not want to press charges against him.


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