Person of interest sought after man assaulted during Asheville protest

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Person of interest in assault during Asheville protests, September 23, 2020 (From: Asheville Police Department)

Person of interest in assault during Asheville protests, September 23, 2020 (From: Asheville Police Department)

ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – Asheville Police Department officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in an assault case that happened Wednesday night during a protest in the city.

According to a news release, officers responded to an assault on Spruce Street near the Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square public park.

When officers arrived on-scene, they found a 50-year-old man injured from the assault.

Mission Health officials confirmed the man, a local journalist, is a patient at Mission Hospital, where he is being treated for a traumatic brain injury.

Health system officials said the man is in serious, but stable condition at this time.

The health system issued the information on behalf of the man’s family, who thanked everyone for their support and prayers.

Following an investigation, detectives have identified a person of interest, and are wanting to speak to him.

The 6-foot-tall man was reportedly wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a baseball cap and a dark-colored face covering.

Anyone who can help police identify the man pictured, or knows of his whereabouts, is asked to call APD at 828-252-1110.

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