Seagrove man accused of beating man with club

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Suspect: Audie Mitchell Maness, 56, of Seagrove.

BENNETT, N.C. — A Randolph County man has been charged with attempted murder after deputies said he beat another man at a church parking lot.

Audie Mitchell Maness, 56, of Seagrove, allegedly beat Jerry Crabtree of Robbins with a wooded club, causing multiple injuries and fractures to Crabtree’s head and face.

Deputies said it happened Tuesday night at the parking lot of Buelah Baptist Church at 8454 Howard Mill Road in Bennett.

Authorities said the suspect and the victim knew each other, but do not know what caused the incident.

The suspect and victim were riding together in the same car, with the victim driving, according to the Greensboro News & Record. Officials said the two got into an argument and pulled over to fight.

The fight had nothing to do with the church and they just happened to pull over in that location, officials said. Neither one attends the church.

Randolph County deputies said when they responded to the church, the two men had left the area.

Maness ran away from the church parking lot and the victim drove home to Moore County, where 911 was called, according to the paper.

Shortly later, Randolph County deputies said they received a call from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office in reference to the assault.

The victim told Moore County officers he was assaulted at the church. Authorities said the victim was airlifted to the hospital and remains in stable condition.

Deputies said the suspect was charged with attempted first degree murder and placed in the Randolph County Jail under a $1,000,000 secured bond. He has court planned for Friday.

Randolph County deputies said they are still investigating the incident.

2 comments

  • Jes

    He is a neighbor to a friend of mine. He has shot at their house and the police said they couldn’t do anything. I see him as a danger. He had their small child crying asking if the bad man was going to hurt him! He needs to be locked up for a very long time!

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