Police: Social media post in favor of President Trump leads to stabbing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

A social media post in support of President Donald Trump led to a violent fight and left one man critically wounded with multiple stab wounds, officials say.

The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 – election day – in Thomaston.

Officers of the Thomaston Police Department responded at 8:40 p.m. to the Big Chic located at 222 Barnesville St., where 19-year-old Jaylan Harris, age 19, was located in the parking lot with multiple stab wounds.

TPD officers and Upson County Sheriff’s Office deputies rendered aid to Harris pending the arrival of emergency medical services personnel. Other law enforcement officers secured the scene and began identifying witnesses.

Investigators now say the fight that resulted in Harris’s wounds occurred in the yard of 216 Beal St., where a large crowd had gathered behind Big Chic. They say Harris was moved to the restaurant’s parking lot after he was stabbed and prior to the arrival of the law enforcement.

The crime scene was expanded to include the residence at 216 Beal St., and several individuals at that location were detained.

Authorities say the preliminary investigation has determined that Harris had allegedly created a social media post in support of President Donald Trump. Investigators allege that post led to a social media dispute involving multiple people and ultimately lead to a physical altercation between the victim and multiple attackers.

During this altercation, the victim was stabbed multiple times.

Investigators obtained a video of the assault which they say was filmed by a bystander.

Three suspects were identified and have been arrested including 19-year-old Salvalas Everett, 17-year-old Jamiricale Everatt and 20-year-old Deshawn Barkley.

All three suspects are Thomaston residents and have been charged with aggravated assault and are being held in the Upson County Jail.

Harris was initially transported by ambulance to the emergency room of Upson Regional Medical Center and was subsequently transported to Macon Medical Center by air ambulance where he remains in stable condition.

Additional arrests and charges are expected pending further investigation.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Lt. Brian Hammock with the Thomaston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 706.647.5455. 

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