‘Vandal gang’ accused of assaulting man who tried to stop them from vandalizing in Asheville

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Eight men have been arrested after police say they assaulted a man who tried to stop them from vandalizing in downtown Asheville Monday.

The suspects range in age from 18 to 21 years old.

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, the “vandal gang” was breaking flower planters outside a food co-op on Biltmore Avenue just after 1 a.m. when the man saw them and asked them to stop.

The group began daring each other to beat up the man, and several of them used a planter to beat him.

Police say the 30-year-old man suffered facial injuries and was transported to Mission Hospital. His condition is not known.

Timothy Jerome Hunter Jr., 18, of London Road; Oshua Archie Peak, 19, of High Meadows Road; Compton Jouvall Daugherty, 21, of Hampton Street, were all charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, injury to personal property, trespassing and resisting public officers.

A 17-year-old boy was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, injury to personal property, trespassing and resisting public officers, but he was not named.

Cameron Markell Thompson, 19, of Brooklyn Road, and Devin Marquis Watkins, 19, of Caribou Road, were both charged with resisting public officers.

Police also arrested two 18-year-olds, Martiese Hines and Keith Green, who initially eluded police. They were charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, injury to personal property and resisting public officers.

Source: Asheville Citizen-Times

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