An apparent victim of assault whom a police officer spotted Sunday night on the west side of Joplin was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries but refused to tell what had happened to him.

Capt. Trevor Duncan said an officer on patrol about 8:30 p.m. saw Darrell D. Osborne, 54, lying in some grass near Seventh Street and Maiden Lane. Duncan said Osborne's face was badly bruised and one of his eyes swollen shut, but he declined to explain how he had acquired the injuries.

He was taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital West.

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