Teen arrested in stabbing now out on bond

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 24, 2009

VIDALIA — A local teen accused of stabbing another teen March 3 has been released on a $13,000 unsecured bond.

The 16-year-old suspect, who is accused of aggravated second-degree battery, was magistrated before the Seventh Judicial District Court Monday morning.

He was arrested on a bench warrant Thursday and detained without bond by instruction of the court over the weekend.

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The teen’s bond was initially set at $20,000, but was later reduced to $13,000, Vidalia Police Chief Ronnie G. “Tapper” Hendricks said.

“They released (the suspect) to his parents on a promise to appear so he could get back to school,” Hendricks said.

The teen — whose name was not released because of his age — was arrested in relation to an incident that happened at the Vidalia McDonald’s restaurant.

According to police at the time of the incident, the 16-year-old victim of the incident was dropped off at the Carter Street restaurant to get something to eat, and while in the business he saw a friend being surrounded by a group of five males in the parking lot.

The victim then reportedly joined his friend outside, and the other five males allegedly jumped on the two and beat them.

The group of attackers reportedly ranged in age between 15 and 25.

When the victim of the stabbing stood and tried to flee the beating, he discovered he had been stabbed when a knife fell out of his side.

Hendricks said Friday that the victim has been released from the hospital, though at the time of the stabbing he was reportedly treated for a punctured liver and fluid on his lungs.

The victim reportedly knew the attackers, and the fight was allegedly the escalation of a disagreement that had started the prior weekend. Police later recovered the knife, along with a brick and two wooden sticks, from the scene.