Crime

Police: Statesville man kidnaps and assaults 2 men over damaged vehicle

A Statesville man has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree kidnapping in connection with an incident that occurred Saturday morning, Statesville police said.

Mark Baron Wilson, 45, was charged after Statesville police responded to a reported assault at a vacant residence in the 1300 block of Fifth Street.

When they arrived, they found a 51-year-old man sitting on the curb in front of the residence with several cuts on his face and swelling of his face and head.

Iredell County EMS took him to Iredell Memorial Hospital. He was later taken to another hospital for his injuries.

A second victim, a 50-year-old man, was found inside the residence with minor cuts on his face, police said.

Because of the first man’s injuries, the Statesville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division began to investigate the incident, authorities said.

During the investigation, authorities determined that the two men were inside the vacant residence when a third man entered and accused the two men of damaging a vehicle belonging to his brother, police said.

Police said a fight ensued and the assailant began using a broom handle to strike both victims in the head and face. The victims were held in the house for more than two hours and assaulted whenever they tried to leave, police said.

At one point during the fight, the assailant struck the first victim with a wooden chair, causing the chair to break into pieces, police said. The man then took a wooden leg from the chair and continued striking the first victim. The attacker later left the residence.

Later in the day, the Statesville police received information through Iredell Crime Stoppers that Wilson was at a residence on Raleigh Avenue. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Wilson is being held in the Iredell County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous, and a cash reward is possible.

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