Man charged in baseball-bat assault in city


First Posted: 3/1/2009

A young Mount Airy man was being held in the Surry County Jail under a $25,000 bond Sunday stemming from his alleged beating of two Lowgap residents with a baseball bat.
The two victims of the Friday afternoon incident were taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment, according to the Mount Airy Police Department.
Demar Oliver Collins, 18, of 345 Granite St., has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury. The charges are felonies.
Collins is accused of striking Shenna Renae Burchette, 19, and Quinton Lavar Thompson, 20, both of 422 Flippin Road, Lowgap, with the bat as well as his fist. Burchette is listed on a police incident report as an acquaintance of the alleged assailant.
The beating, which occurred at an unnamed business on Bluemont Road near U.S. 52, resulted in severe lacerations. While investigators indicated that both victims were taken to the Winston-Salem hospital for their injuries, they were not listed as patients there Sunday afternoon.
Collins, meanwhile, after being located and taken into custody by police about 7:30 p.m. Friday, was transported to Northern Hospital of Surry County for treatment of a hand injury he suffered in the incident. After being released from the hospital, Collins was taken to the Surry County Jail, where he remained Sunday.

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