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Man charged with assault on former Henderson police officer

Posted October 15, 2008

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— A Henderson man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with an assault on a former police officer who pleaded guilty earlier this year in a racially charged case.

Freddie Fernando Hicks, 31, of 320 Carolina Woods Lane, is accused of inflicting severe injuries on Anthony Dale "Tony" Finch in a parking lot outside Twister's restaurant on Oct. 8.

Finch, 47, underwent emergency surgery at Maria Parham Medical Center and was later transferred to Duke University Hospital. It was unclear whether he was still there Wednesday; hospital officials would not release any information about him.

Henderson police said the investigation in ongoing and would not say what the motive for the alleged crime was.

Hicks, who was convicted of a simple assault three years ago, was in the Vance County jail Tuesday under a $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing on the charge is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Finch, who retired from the Henderson Police department six years ago, was sentenced to supervised probation in March after pleading guilty to communicating threats in a June 2006 case in which authorities said he chased after a black couple in a truck, shouted racial slurs and pointed a gun at them.

Finch denied using racial slurs, saying he chased the couple only because they had threatened to shoot his stepson. A judge dismissed charges of ethnic intimidation, among others, as part of that plea.

Finch is also accused of threatening to kill Vance County District Attorney Sam Currin, who was the prosecutor in that case. He denies the allegation.


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  • Timbo Oct 15, 2008

    "The truth is these type of crimes never get the hate designation because its black on white. "

    Are you dense? Do you read? Have you actually looked around to justify your belief? Or to do so would cause you to have to re-examine your "poor white me" mantra?

    Again, if you just google "blacks charged with hate crimes" you will skewed you really are.

  • manofjustice Oct 15, 2008

    You wanna know the sad thing about racial problems....racial bloggs get the most comments. This guy is innocent but people are going to make him out to be guilty. This is not the whole truth of the story. This is a good guy and a citizen. Finch had this coming.

  • Seeminglyopposed Oct 15, 2008

    Whatusay...There are a great deal of black people who despises whites, you probably speak to them daily. But usually you will never be able to tell it. But with most whites you can easily tell when they dislike you. Be a cashier and try to take their money or put money in their hands, ump! you will be picking it up off the counter where they refuse to touch you. Sad!

  • Seeminglyopposed Oct 15, 2008

    Please don't say what groups need to be broken up, they were only formed because of other groups (KKK) that were started way before them. I am not for either groups, for neither of them represents good, the for any non-racial, respectful people in their own race. Why does it have to be racial if it is a black and white fight. They were 2 men acting like children. PERIOD!!!

  • anonemoose Oct 15, 2008

    Nope, this wasn't a hate crime. It was a "Love Crime". Seems that Freddie loves to assault people. He's already on probation for assault.

  • shawna Oct 15, 2008

    Oops...did I speak the truth Timbo? I must have because I was called a bigot. The truth is these type of crimes never get the hate designation because its black on white. He probably called the guy a whole slew of racial names but that wont matter. Now if the situation had been reversed and the "N" word used, the other guy would have been charged with a hate crime, the NAACP would be marching in the streets and the Jesse and Al would be calling for a boycott of Vance county. Dont try to justify the assailants actions by saying he was obviously provoked...this is always the excuse when this kind of story comes up...at least from one part of the community.

  • tarheelblue919 Oct 15, 2008

    well, obviously this was racially motivated, shows the small minds of the individuals, and i think that racism and hatred is really unacceptable. its time that some individuals in our society grown up! so tired of the racial crime, the NAACP need to be broken up, they add fuel to the fire, and all the whining of color needs to stop and people need to just GET ALONG!!! theres NO excuse why we cant treat one another decent! NO EXCUSE!

  • Timbo Oct 15, 2008

    "Same story...different names. Even if the "brother" did use racial language it wont be charged with a hate crime ( and I did mean to say "it" )"

    shawna, what are you talking about? Just google "blacks charged with hate crimes" and see what you find. I'll give you a hint, the opposite of your bigoted view.

  • iwasjustsaying Oct 15, 2008

    I can say this...everyone in Vance County knows Finch, knows what he was accused of, knows that the paper and the news have tried to link him with the KKK (I don't know whether he really is or not). Unfortunately, this has everything to do with race. From the very beginning, to the vert lastest with Tony Finch getting beat up. It goes both ways.

  • jdman Oct 15, 2008