Rowan Co. man, girlfriend claim they were beaten with baseball bat for speeding

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Three neighbors in Rowan County are facing assault charges after deputies say they attacked a man and his girlfriend with a baseball bat– for speeding.

Nicholas Woolf told authorities he was dropping his girlfriend off at her mother’s home in a Kannapolis neighborhood when a man holding a baseball bat blocked the road and told him he was driving too fast.

“I was like, ‘You ain’t going to hit my car with the bat,’ so I got out and I was like, ‘Y’all need to move, I’m not going to run you over, I’m not about to get in no trouble,’” Woolf said.

Woolf said the man, William “Marlowe” Sechler, then attacked him, hitting him with the bat.

Deputies said Sechler’s fiancée, Angela Schenck, and their neighbor, Curtis Linton, both joined in the attack, choking Woolf and punching his girlfriend.

Hospital records showed Woolf suffered a concussion, neck sprain and chest contusion.

Sechler told WSOC that it was actually Woolf who threatened him and his fiancée. Sechler said he just told them to slow down because of kids in the neighborhood.

Sechler denied using the baseball bat in the actual attack, and said it was Woolf who threw the first punch.

Sechler, Schenck and Linton were all charged with assault.

Source: WSOC