Additional charge filed against Sioux City man charged in fatal 4th Street assault

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A Sioux City man charged in a fatal 4th Street assault in 2018 will now be facing an additional charge when he is arraigned next week.

Twenty-four-year-old Ray Avila was previously charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing serious injury in the July 2018 death of 31-year-old Peter Johnson. According to court documents filed Wednesday, he will now face a third count: flight to avoid prosecution.

Avila was booked into the Woodbury County jail on June 8 after he was arrested last month in Mexico. Avila fled to Mexico via bus in the days following the July 29, 2018 assault.

He is being held on a $50,000 bond. His arraignment is set for 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19.

Investigators say Avila attacked Johnson on July 29, 2018, in Sioux City’s lower 4th Street district.

According to an affidavit and complaint filed on Aug. 8, 2018, the attack happened after Johnson got into a fight with a person he thought was breaking into a car. According to the affidavit, that person was locked out of his car and was striking the window in order to get in.

Avila is said to have punched Johnson in the face, which knocked him to the ground onto the concrete sidewalk. Avila then fled from the scene.

Johnson was taken to Mercy Medical Center where surgery was performed on him to attempt to alleviate bleeding and pressure on his brain. He would later die from his injuries.

Blake Branch

Blake Branch

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