4 East Meck teens arrested, charged with beating man unconscious in parking lot

Christalsia Harris
Christalsia Harris Mecklenburg County Jail

Four teenagers were arrested last week, accused of beating a man and inflicting serious injuries that sent him to the hospital unconscious, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Police identified the victim as Lewis Aaron Boawright, 31, and said he’d been assaulted in a car dealership parking lot at 6030 E. Independence Boulevard at about 3:30 p.m. on April 27. Boawright was taken to Carolinas Medical Center unconscious, a police report said.

A teacher at East Mecklenburg High said the four charged teens are students there, and all but one were in school Wednesday. “The fact that they’re walking around in the halls is a bit concerning to a lot of staff and teachers,” said the teacher, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. “At the very least, they should be in an alternative school until the legal process is played out.”

The Observer tried to reach East Mecklenburg High’s administration, but school had already closed for the day. A CMS spokesman said the district couldn’t comment on the matter because it is part of a CMPD investigation.

The four teenagers arrested in the incident are: Christalsia Harris, 18; Kara Gordon, 17; Jonathan Murphy, 18; and Marquis Hartage 18, police said. All were charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

The victim’s beating caused bleeding on his brain, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.

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