Three charged in attack on Galax man

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Police say the three suspects allegedly followed a local man home from a bar in Mount Airy and beat him.


A Galax man was assaulted in his home by three men that, according to witnesses, followed him home from a bar in Mount Airy, N.C.
On April 29 at 3 a.m., Grayson County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Galax Police Department officers responded to 111 Marion Heights in Galax, where they found Ernest Harber, 21, with a serious head wound.
Witnesses at the scene told police they had been to B-52’s bar in Mount Airy earlier in the evening. They returned to the Galax residence with several of their friends.
According to the police report, three men apparently followed them from the bar in and entered the residence without permission. When they were told to leave, the men became combative. An altercation took place and the victim was struck with a blunt object in the head, causing a crushed orbital socket and bleeding on the brain.
Harber has been released from the hospital.
A “be on the lookout” alert was broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies for three black males in a white Ford Expedition.
Wytheville Police Officer Lonnie Anders stopped the vehicle in Wytheville. He observed blood in the vehicle, and held the three occupants until warrants could be obtained.
Those charged with trespassing and malicious wounding by mob were:
• Cassius Mills, 21, of 445 East Liberty Street in Wytheville
• Brandon Davis, 21, of 331 East Prospect Street in Covington
• Robert Barcliff, 26, of 469 Woodland Court, Wise
All three suspects are being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail with no bond.
Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Todd Perkins, Sgt. Doug Carner and Cpl. Adam Horton conducted the investigation. Galax Police Sgt. Shawny Jones, and Officer Bill Shaffner assisted with the incident.