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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012 11:26 pm | Updated: 12:10 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Two Fairbanks men were charged with robbery and assault this week for allegedly beating a man with a hammer to get him to pay a debt last month.

According to the medical records of the victim, he sustained a broken finger, fractures to his spine and a head injury that required staples, Alaska State Troopers said.

He told troopers Jessie Garcia, 36, attacked him with a hammer and threatened him with a gun because he owed Garcia money. He said he took Garcia and Joseph A. Keene, 29, to his brother’s house because he didn’t want them to kill him.

The assault was reported Oct. 31, but allegedly occurred Oct. 27 in the North Pole area.

The victim’s brother, who reported it, told troopers his brother came to him for help early in the morning accompanied by Keene and Garcia. They had a hammer, he said. Keene went into the house and took his TV, PlayStation 3 and iPhone 4, but it was not enough to pay the debt, so he gave Keene and Garcia his bank card and password.

Keene and Garcia said they assaulted the victim because of his debt, troopers said.

Garcia said he knocked him out using only his hands, while Keene said Garica used some other instrument that he would not specify, troopers said.

More than $500 in transactions were made on the stolen debit card, troopers said.

Keene and Garcia are being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center without bail.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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