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Victim In Town Center Attack Speaks Out

Reported by: Send eMail Dave Benton
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Dec. 22, 2013 10:32 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 22, 2013 11:12 PM EST

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Town Center Attack
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A victim in a Charleston beating spoke out Sunday.

He's pleading that the teens responsible for violently attacking him with a hammer will be caught.

An unthinkable crime became reality for Ryan Lynch Thursday night, when a group of teenagers attacked him outside of the Charleston Town Center.

“When this happened, and they hit me in the back of the head with a hammer at the mall, I had my two-year-old, my five-year-old, my seven- year-old and my 10-year-old with me,” he said. “They did this in front of all my kids. My kids are traumatized from this now.”

Lynch said his skull was completely fractured in the back.

“Had to have brain surgery,” he said. “Bone fragments are in my brain. Now I have a metal plate where the fracture was.”

Lynch said the teens who attacked him are friends with his son. When he forbid his son from hanging out with them, he said the teens retaliated by bludgeoning him with a hammer.

Two juveniles have already been charged with malicious wounding. Investigators are still looking for four other people they said were involved. Lynch said he hopes police act quickly, for the safety of himself and his family.

“These kids are posting on Facebook what they did to me, bragging about it,” he said. “They left me leaking in the street, and say they'll finish me off when I get home. These kids are given free rein to terrorize anybody. Something has to change.”

No word was available if the teens charged were being held in custody.



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