Man severely beaten, sexually assaulted in revenge gone wrong - WSMV News 4

Man severely beaten, sexually assaulted in revenge gone wrong

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Police said a trap was set for a man at a Middle Tennessee Sonic restaurant.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department said a man was nearly beaten to death and sexually assaulted in a type of vigilante revenge that began at the drive-in restaurant in Parsons.

Four men are charged with kidnapping and attempted murder in the beating in the woods outside Parsons.

The young man and woman in a relationship lived in Iuka, MS. The woman’s father ordered her home to Parsons.

Police said the woman then called her boyfriend, saying she hated it in Parsons and asked him to come pick her up.

“My investigator referred to it as a Romeo and Juliet kind of thing. They were in love with each other, but the families didn’t like it,” Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd said.

When the young man showed up to pick up his girlfriend at the Sonic in Parsons, he was surrounded. Joseph Doyle, the woman’s father, as well as David Parrott, Mason Niece and Cody Parrott were waiting for him.

The woman had reportedly told her father that her boyfriend had beaten her up.

The young man sped away before he was run off the road on Highway 412 outside Parsons.

Police said the four men delivered a brutal beating, then sexually assaulted the victim with a tree branch and left him for dead.

The man was somehow able to crawl to a nearby house. It took him at least an hour to go the quarter-mile.

“I can’t go into all of his injuries,” Byrd said. “They had to do some plastic surgery on his face. He runs the risk of losing an eye.

“It was just by the grace of God he had enough strength to make it to somebody’s house,” Byrd added.

Doyle has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, rape and especially aggravated kidnapping. Niece has been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping.

Cody and David Parrott are both charged with aggravated assault and aiding a kidnapping.

Byrd said the men thought they were vigilantes, but the woman later admitted she was lying and her boyfriend never hit her.

“They took it on themselves to punish this guy for something he allegedly did,” Byrd said.

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