A McDowell County man is charged with assaulting a man with a tire iron in Burke County. According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Charles Young of Green Street Loop in Marion is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to Watts Street off U.S. Highway 70 on May 6 regarding an assault, When deputies arrived, the victim had left the scene. Charles Young told officers that he had used a tire iron to defend himself in a fight with a man he didn’t know. Deputies couldn’t locate the other man, and cleared the scene.
On May 7, officers responded to Carolinas Medical Center in Valdese and spoke with Thomas Carlson, who told them he had been working on a scooter at a friend’s house when the assault occurred. According to the Sheriff's Office, Carlson said, after leaving a residence on Watts Street with his girlfriend and 14-month-old daughter, Carlson reached the end of Watts Street and Highway 70 where the road was blocked by a vehicle.
Carlson confronted the man in the vehicle and the two fought, according to the release. Carlson was struck in the head with a tire iron.
Shortly after arriving at CMC in Valdese, Carlson was transported to CMC in Charlotte with serious head trauma. After deputies spoke with Carlson at the hospital, they were unable to find Young to ask him more questions. He was apprehended Wednesday (May 13) by officers with the Drexel Police Department, during a traffic stop. Police reportedly found the tire tool used in the assault inside Young’s vehicle.
As of Thursday, Carlson remained hospitalized and in stable condition. Young was placed in jail under a $50,000 secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 3 in District Court.