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Charleston Police Arrest Suspect In Mall Hammer Attack

Reported by: Send eMail Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Dec. 20, 2013 9:33 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 25, 2013 9:56 AM EST

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Charleston police have arrested a third suspect in connection with a hammer attack outside the Charleston Town Center.

Denzil Weatherspoon, 21, of Charleston, is charged with malicious wounding.

Police say on December 19, there was a large fight between the victim, Ryan Lynch, and a group of juveniles. The incident happened in the area of 200 Court Street, according to the complaint.

Weatherspoon allegedly witnessed the altercation, and then approached Lynch and hit him in the back of the head with a hammer.

Lynch was transported to the hospital where it was discovered he had a skull fracture. He had to undergo surgery to have a metal plate installed to support his skull, according to police.

A witnesses on scene identified Weatherspoon, who is originally from Tennessee. The witness told police they physically saw the hammer in the hand of the Weatherspoon as he was fleeing the scene.




Charleston police were searching for the people involved in a violent hammer attack outside of the Charleston Town Center.

Police said Ryan Lynch of Charleston was hit in the head with a hammer last night, while on the Court Street side of the mall.

It is a busy area this time of year with the holiday shopping season, but police said this was not a random act.

Two juveniles have already been charged with malicious wounding. Police said the victim knows those suspects. Investigators are still looking for three other people who were involved.

Lynch had to undergo surgery for his head injury.



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