Player Assault Arrest
A 16-year-old Cherokee boy is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, causing serious bodily injury. The arrest is connected to the beating of Cherokee High School star football player, Justin Brady.
Cherokee Police Chief Ben Reed released a statement to News 13 Wednesday, saying: "on the evening of August 16, 2014 a CIPD(Cherokee Indian Police Department) Detective took a report of an assault...that left a teenage male with multiple injuries to his back and head. On August 26th, 2014, CIPD detectives arrested a 16-year-old male on a Tribal warrant for Assault with a Deadly Weapon inflicting Serious Injury."
Chief Reed said the investigation remains open and that there were five teenage boys at a house on Old Mission Road in Cherokee, when an altercation took place.
Chief Reed continued his statement saying: "this case is very serious and it will be handled accordingly. Here we have a situation that left a young man critically injured, which greatly affects his family, those involved, and even the entire community. There is a lot of gossip spreading around in social networking and in our community in regards to this incident. I would encourage our community to be patient, supportive and to pray for all those involved....Our focus is on the victim, and the investigation and prosecution that will bring resolution to everyone involved. Pray for our youth. Pray for our parents. Pray for our officers. Pray for our churches. Just Pray," wrote Chief Reed.
News 13 spoke with Justin's mother who said her son is doing much better and is back in school. His Coach, Kent Briggs also expressed concern and encouragement, "our thoughts and prayers have been with the family and him," said Coach Briggs. "The good thing about the situation is Justin is recovering. He's back in school. As far as the charges that this young man is charged with assault, really I can't make any comment on that. We're trying to move forward as a football team."
Coach Briggs said Justin is a star player for his team and has been doing an excellent job in pre-season training as as defensive end and offensive guard. The coach visited Justin just days ago before he went home. "I went to the hospital and really was scared to death that his injuries, may be life threatening. I got over there and he was awake. We feel very blessed he's still with us," says Coach Briggs.
Justin was seen in his beloved #77 Cherokee football uniform on the sidelines at a game last Friday night at Tuscola High School in Waynesville. His coach expects him to be at the team's game cheering the team on once again this Friday night. Justin's aunt said she feels for her nephew and looks forward to more information about the investigation and possible charges released. "I'm glad they found the person that did it," said Linda Driver, Justin's Aunt. "If it was my child I'd want justice too."
By: Kimberly King
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