*Release from Watauga County Sheriff’s Office
April 9, 2014. Officers from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and Boone Police Department responded to the area near Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation along Old U.S. 421 in reference to a fight in progress yesterday.
A 17-year-old male was walking near Vannoy Lane when a truck with a black male and two Hispanic males drove up behind him and allegedly grabbed his backpack. The juvenile jumped in the back of the truck to try to retrieve it.
The three suspects exited the truck and allegedly began to assault the victim. The suspects then apparently got back into the truck. The victim again jumped in the bed of the truck as it drove toward Hollar and Greene Produce.
The vehicle stopped again and another fight ensued. The suspects again got back into the truck. The victim allegedly grabbed and held the black male in the passenger seat. The truck drove away and the victim was dragged alongside the truck; until the victim lost his grip.
The truck then allegedly ran over the victim. The victim was transported to WMC by medics.
The suspects are unknown at this time.