Persons involved in Greensboro hotel assault and fire identified
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police have identified both the victim and the suspect in Sunday’s aggravated assault at a local hotel.
Stephen Patrick White, 46, of Greensboro, remains in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem as a result of an assault and subsequent fire in the Battleground Inn.
Police officers and firefighters responded to the multi-story hotel at 1517 Westover Terrace a few minutes after 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 when a hotel employee called Guilford Metro 911 to report a man screaming in the hotel. At the same time, a fire alarm was activated.
Arriving officers took the screaming man — later identified as Garry Joseph Gupton, 26, of 1312 Wiley Lewis Road — into custody. Other officers began alerting guests to evacuate the building.
Firefighters entered room 417 and found White unconscious and suffering from burns. He is being treated for smoke inhalation, burns, and injuries consistent with an assault. His wounds and injuries are considered life-threatening.
Investigation by Greensboro detectives developed sufficient probable cause to charge Gupton with assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill in connection with the attack on White.
The incident is being jointly investigated the Greensboro Police Department and Greensboro Fire Department. Additional charges are pending.