Police make arrests in alleged assault case | CraigDailyPress.com

Police make arrests in alleged assault case

Joshua Roberts

— The Craig Police Department arrested three Craig people and issued an arrest warrant for a fourth Friday stemming from an alleged assault a few days earlier.

The three people arrested, according to a police department news release issued Sunday afternoon, were:

• A 17-year-old whose name was withheld because he is a minor.

• Brice Boling, 20.

• Johnny Tom, 20.

They were each taken into custody on suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, a Class 4 felony.

The arrest warrant was issued for Garrett Verplanck, 19. He is being sought on suspicion of first-degree assault, a Class 3 felony.

The arrests and the arrest warrant followed an investigation by the Police Department and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Police reported that Verplanck told officers Friday that he was going to turn himself in that day, but he failed to appear. As result, the arrest warrant was obtained.

The arrests stem from an incident reported about 1:17 a.m. July 15 in the 590 block of Stout Street. In all, eight Craig residents were involved in the disturbance, police said.

Officers were told that there was a fistfight between four people.

Later, two people involved in that fight returned with two other people. They returned armed with 2-by-4s and pipes.

During the second fight, one of the suspects hit a victim in the face with a 2-by-4 or other “similar-type blunt object,” police said.

“As a result of the assault with the blunt object, the victim suffered serious bodily injury, including multiple fractured bones, and was transported via ambulance to the hospital,” police reported.

The four victims of the second fight range in age from 21 to 29 years old.

The Police Department reported that Verplanck is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 174 pounds and has blond hair and hazel eyes.

If anyone sees Verplanck, they are to call the Police Department at 824-8111 and report his location.

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