Third suspect in November beating found hiding in curtains

cwinston@thestate.comDecember 3, 2013 

— A third suspect was been arrested in the three-hour beating of an Orangeburg County man over food.

Jose Antonio Rodriguez Jr., 21, arrested Tuesday by U.S. marshals in a Greenwood County apartment, hiding in curtains, according to a press release from the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department.

Rodriguez is charged with assault and battery. Jeremy Raymond Arnold, 33, has been charged with attempted murder in the case. Bryan Lee Rider, 24, who is accused of hitting the victim with a potato wrapped in a sock, has been charged with first-degree assault and battery

The attack, which lasted three hours, left a 25-year-old Cordova man in critical condition.

Deputies said the attack appears to have been motivated by food.

According to a release from the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department, the three beat and kicked the man about the body and head in the incident, which took place at 103 Menefee Court in Cordova.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said: "We can only hope these arrests bring some comfort to the victim and his family.”

The victim is still recovering from his injuries.

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