Crime

September 27, 2012

Arrest made in weekend 5 Points beating

Columbia Police have arrested a Benedict College student and issued warrants for two more in connection to the weekend beating in Five Points that was caught on video.

Columbia Police have arrested a Benedict College student and issued warrants for two more in connection to the weekend beating in Five Points that was caught on video.

Stanley Jamar McBride, 21, was charged with second degree assault and battery. Michael Jermel Kendrix, 21 of Austell Georgia, and John Cornelius Sumner, 21 of Stockbridge, Georgia are being sought, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said at news conference.

More arrests are possible, Scott said.

At 2 a.m., Sunday morning a man was assaulted by a group of seven to 10 other men in the 700 block of Harden Street near Pop’s N.Y. Pizza and Bey’s, a bar. Witnesses told police that the man walked out of one of those establishments when the group of about 10 men attacked him.

The group pushed the victim against a door and punched him until he fell, according to the incident report. Once he was on the ground, one or two of the attackers continued to kick him in the head and chest. All of the attackers ran away just before police arrived, the report said.

The victim had severe cuts and extreme swelling on his face and possible damage to his skull, the report said. He was taken to Palmetto Health Richland.

A video of a portion of the fight surfaced on social media sites in recent days, sparking public outcry against violence in Five Points and inflaming racial tensions.

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