Eight teens are in custody (7 of which are juveniles) for brutally attacking another teen in South Carolina:
All eight suspects are in custody after a brutal attack in Five Points early Monday morning which left the teenage victim in critical condition, according to Columbia police. Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said 19-year-old Thyeem Henrey was charged with second degree assault and battery by mob, common law robbery, and criminal conspiracy. He appeared in court Friday afternoon where the judge set bond at $750,000. That bond does not allow Henrey’s release upon posting only 10%, which is sometimes permitted by the court.
At his first court appearance on the latest charges against him, Henrey gave no indication what might have led to Monday morning’s savage assault. But he cried as the frustrations of the victim’s parents boiled over. “I’m having to give you my right to judge whether he deserves freedom or not,” said Strange’s mother Vicki. “That’s hard for me. But since Carter didn’t fight against them eight Sunday, I’m going to fight for him now. I’m going to fight for him until my last breath.”
“I pray that you get your life right,” said Strange’s father John. “Find God. If you pray for forgiveness, he will forgive you. I don’t have that in my heart right now. Maybe one day, but not today. The 19-year-old is the only adult in a group of eight being held by Columbia police. The other seven suspects are all juveniles, according to Timmons. Their names cannot be released.
She said a 14-year-old, 15-year-old, and 16-year-old were charged with strong arm robbery, second degree assault and battery by a mob, and criminal conspiracy.
A 13-year-old and three other 16-year-olds were all charged with criminal conspiracy, according to Timmons. Police Chief Randy Scott said the 18-year-old victim, later identified as Carter Strange, was jogging through a parking lot near the intersection of Blossom Street and Saluda Avenue just after midnight on Monday when the assault happened. “This teenager was minding his own business, trying to make his curfew when he was brutally attacked and robbed,” said Scott.
Police said Henrey and the seven juveniles he was with were roaming Five Points, targeting others until they came across strange. In fact, investigators said the group tried unsuccessfully to rob or assault at least four other people. Carter’s family told police the beating was so severe he required emergency surgery to remove a brain clot. He had his second surgery Friday afternoon, which was for facial reconstruction. It’s Carter’s latest step in a long road to recovery. “He did nothing to them,” said Vicki. “They didn’t know him, they didn’t know the kind of person he was, they don’t know the kind of man he’s grown up to be and they don’t know the lives he’s touched. But they thought he was so less of a person, they thought this would be okay.”
SMH. Sad at how young the suspects in this case are…hopefully the victim has a speedy recovery.