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Warrant issued for Mtn. Home man

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A June 23 trip to the Spring River has resulted in an arrest warrant being issued against a Mountain Home man.

Perry Fuller, 19, is facing aggravated assault, a class D felony and third degree battery, a class A misdemeanor, after assaulting John Goodson and Gene W. Martin, whose injuries required medical attention, according to a report filed by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office July 9.

Fulton County Deputy David Henry said he went to Saddler Falls after being contacted by dispatch regarding an assault near that area.

Henry spoke with two witnesses who told him a group of college kids camping at Many Islands had assaulted two subjects who were also campers at the resort, he said.

The two witnesses also told Henry they heard the college-aged group yell obscenities and one man specifically said, "I made two of you ... bleed once. I can do it again," before striking an older man with a boat paddle, Henry said.

After further questioning Henry learned that two men had been assaulted. One was taken to the hospital for wounds he sustained and the rest of the group traveled down river to their camp site.

Henry, accompanied by Deputy Johnny Byler, then went to Many Islands and spoke with John Goodson, who was assaulted in the incident. Salem Officer Mark Long went to the Fulton County Hospital to speak with the other victim involved, Gene W. Martin.

According to Henry's report, Goodson told him the group of college kids had paddled beside his boat, yelling and acting unruly. "I told the there was no sense in them acting like that, and after I said that one of them hit me with his boat paddle. I don't remember a thing after that," Goodson said.

Henry said the story Martin reported to Long matched with Goodson's. Martin told Long Goodman was hit with a paddle, and he was attacked on the river bank.

After speaking with the victims, one of the Many Islands guards told him they had found Perry Fuller, who was thought to be involved in the altercation.

Henry located Fuller and questioned him regarding the incident. Fuller confirmed Goodson's story but instead told authorities that he had only became hostile defending himself, Henry said.

Initially, Fuller was only charged with disorderly conduct. As of press time July 9, Fuller had not been taken into custody.



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