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Three Carroll men charged with race-related assault

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Alleged ongoing harassment led to charges of race-related assault being placed against three Carroll County men after an Aug. 30 incident, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
Deputies first became aware of a disturbance at approximately 11 p.m., when a Training Center Road resident called 911 and spoke to sheriff’s office dispatcher Neil Anderson, a Carroll Sheriff’s Office news release says.
“A few minutes later, a female called and stated that she was approached by three male suspects who pulled a gun and assaulted them,” news release said. “One of the suspects left on a bicycle with the two other suspects following behind on foot.”

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Deputy Joe Utt responded to the scene and spoke to the unnamed victims, who said that “the suspects had been harassing them for some time.”
The female victim reported that she had been driving by the suspects when one man tried to get into her vehicle and allegedly punched her in the face, the news release said. The victim got away and went home.
“A short time later, the suspect showed up at the victim’s residence, assaulting the male victim who lived there,” deputies said. “The two other male suspects showed up with weapons, at which time all three suspects left the scene.”
A victim told deputies the name of one of the suspects and where he lived.
Utt and Deputy Mark Dickerson, as well as Hillsville Police 1st Sgt. Robby Martin, went to the suspect’s residence and found two individuals who matched the description of the alleged assailant.
The third suspect was found outside the residence.
Deputies charged Cody Lee Quesenberry, 23, of Hillsville with assault because of a person’s race, trespassing and two counts of assault and battery.
Waylan Leon Pack, 38, and Freddie Gwyn, 25, both of Woodlawn, face charges of assault and battery, assault because of a person’s race and two counts of brandishing a firearm.