DOBSON — A local teen has been charged with a felony for allegedly assaulting and seriously injuring another youth at a recent party where authorities say alcohol was provided to underage persons.
Charges also were announced Friday morning against four other persons who allegedly provided false and misleading statements during the investigation of the assault case.
Andrew Nicholas Stevens, 18, of 421 Woodville Road, Mount Airy, is accused of assault, inflicting serious bodily injury, stemming from what the Surry County Sheriff’s Office terms an “altercation” with Nathan Alexander Marion in the early morning hours of May 20.
Stevens has been released under a $30,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on July 17.
The encounter led to Marion being transported by the Surry Emergency Medical Service to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem and treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit for head trauma. He is said to be recovering.
Marion had been taken after the altercation to a friend’s residence in Mount Airy, where it was determined that he required medical attention.
Social media accounts of the incident have stated that Marion was assaulted by five other individuals during an after-prom party at a residence on West Old McKinney Road just outside Mount Airy.
However, Chief Deputy Lauren Osborne said Friday that no other persons have been implicated in the assault. “The investigation determined that he (Stevens) is the only one who will be charged.”
Meanwhile, the four persons who have been charged with resisting a public officer by allegedly providing false and misleading statements, all with Mount Airy addresses, have been identified as Summer Nichole Bowman, 18, of 191 Appalachian Trail; Victoria Pauline Creed, 17, of 144 W. Old McKinney Road; Kaytlynn Desree Dean, 17, of 188 Bryan Road; and Emily Brooke Puckett, 18, of 144 W. Old McKinney Road.
They were each served with a criminal summons for the misdemeanor offense and are scheduled to be in District Court on July 17.
In explaining the alleged role of the four female subjects in the case, Osborne said “the brief description is they weren’t truthful in the beginning.”
“Everybody that was charged was at the party,” the chief deputy added.
Alcohol-related violations previously were filed against a woman who owns and lives at the residence on West Old McKinney Road where the party and assault occurred.
Melinda Beth Creed, 42, is facing 17 violations in all, according to information previously provided by authorities.
This includes three counts each of giving a malt beverage/unfortified wine to a person under 21 and selling a malt beverage/unfortified wine to a person under 21; five counts of an overage person aiding/abetting possession of alcohol; and two counts each of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, selling a fortified wine/liquor/mixed beverage to a person under 21 and giving fortified wine/liquor/mixed beverage to a person under 21.
Though detectives determined that Creed allegedly was holding the party and provided alcohol there, she was not a suspect in the alleged assault.
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