Three men charged in connection to bar fight in Friday Harbor

Three men who were visiting San Juan Island to go duck hunting have been charged with assault after a bar fight in downtown Friday Harbor.

Seth Funden, 38, of Marysville, Joshua Massingale, 34 of Stanwood and Nathan Peterson, 24, of Lake Stevens, have been charged with one count each of assault in the fourth degree, disorderly conduct and malicious mischief in the third degree in San Juan County District Court.

On April 9, a deputy was dispatched around 8:30 p.m. to a bar in Friday Harbor for a reported fight between a group of patrons and staff. According to multiple witness statements, the fight broke out after Funden, Massingale and Peterson were told by the owner of the bar they were done being served alcohol for the night. The bartender allegedly witnessed the men attacking the victim, so she went outside to help. She was then punched in the back of the head and in the ribs.

Upon arrival, the officer observed a large crowd of people standing near the back door of the establishment. The bar owner was bloody and had visible injuries to his face. He said he had been punched and assaulted by Massingale and Funden, both of whom had bloody knuckles. Peterson had blood on his sweatshirt, which he said was from duck hunting. According to the deputy’s report, Peterson was yelling and “becoming aggressive” with the crowd. Due to the number of people and the agitation of several people on the scene, the officer called for backup.

After arresting Funden, Massingale and Peterson, who were identified by the victims as the assailants, they were taken to the county jail. According to the deputy’s report, all three appeared extremely intoxicated, exhibited severe mood swings and claimed they had been attacked. Funden allegedly said that his attorney was going to “bring a hammer down” on Friday Harbor. Massingale also mentioned a lawsuit.