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Bali Police Arrest Two Men in Bounty Bar Knife Attack

(12/30/2011) Bali police have made two arrests in the December 16, 2011, stabbing of two men at the Bounty Bar in Kuta.

A 28-year-old Australian, identified as only Jul L, and a 28-year-old Balinese male companion, Made Juliantara, have been taken into police custody for wounding two Australian men Christopher Mete (26) and Jake Benjamin Whitehead (26).

Mete and Whitehead were visiting the popular bar in the company of two Balinese friends, Wayan Sentana and Ketut Mudarta.

Based on interviews conducted by the police with the two arrested men and the victims, police are ascribing the attack to a common bar fight originating from a misunderstanding.

As reported by NusaBali, Juliantara, who works as a security guard, drew a knife and launched a violent attack when involved in a physicle scuffle with Mete, Whitehead and their Balinese friends.

One of the bar patrons who witnessed the fight recognized Juliantara, leading police to make the arrests. When the two assailants were arrested, police were unable to find the knife used in the assaults but did confiscate bloodstained clothing. Juliantara told police he threw the knife away as he fled the Bounty Bar after the attack.

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