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Three arrested after man assaulted in Raleigh

Posted January 20, 2010
Updated January 21, 2010

— Raleigh police released the identities of two people arrested after a 30-year-old man was beaten up Wednesday evening in the Berkshire Downs neighborhood off Perry Creek Road.

Witnesses said that Anthony Davis tried to break up a fight at McGuire Drive and Farmlea Circle shortly before 7 p.m. The fighters then turned on Davis, police said.

Davis' stepfather, Michael Newkirk, said he came upon the attackers.

“As soon as I got around here, I saw my son lying down. I said, ‘What are you all doing? What are you all doing?’ And they said, ‘What are you going to do? What are you going to do, old man?’ Then they attacked me,” Newkirk said.

Newkirk said paramedics transported his stepson to WakeMed to be treated for head and face injuries. He was listed in fair condition late Thursday.

Antoine Tarver, 21, and Herbert Watson, 18, were charged in the assault.

Police said the assault appears to have been an isolated incident.

Violent crime in that section of Wake County is down 30 percent based on 2009 statistics.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

Tarver was released in September 2008 after serving time for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to the state Department of Correction records. During his 2½-year sentence, he racked 19 infractions, including active rioter, fighting, threatening staff and involvement with a gang.


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  • onespinningwheel Jan 22, 2010

    I'm reading these comments and wondering if some posters realized that the third picture is of the "victim" and not the third suspect. (of course, this looks like another case where there are no victim's, just different levels of suspect). If you mingle with violent felons, don't be surprised if you end up in a violent encounter.

  • didisaythat Jan 21, 2010

    Who has the "legacy of privilege"?? I read an article about a class in Univ. of Michigan. The class instead of answering present, they had to write a sentence showing how whites have a legacy of privilage. (Thats not racist in it's self) But no one cares about that. There is no privilege for a race. There is no automatic poverty for a race. If I get something. It is not because I am a certain race. It is because of my work ethic, my determination to better myself, my realization that how I act, look (talking clothes and looking slopy not color), talk etc does play a part in how I am treated. It is the same for everyone. People are treated not by their color, but the content of their character. Everyone has biases of other people they do not know, but how you act defines how you are treated.

  • wildcat Jan 21, 2010

    You reap what you sow.

    Maybe. But it effects us all in the long run.

  • wildcat Jan 21, 2010

    These young men need a little cooling down time in prison. Maybe there they will learn to appreciate their freedom when they get it again.

  • ginaosbo Jan 21, 2010

    Them's some fine, upstanding lookin citizens rite there. And I suppose the record for Captain Marvelous speaks for itself!

  • aspenstreet1717 Jan 21, 2010

    'That whole area around capital blvd. has turned into the ghetto.'

    Sad but true.

  • NCAries Jan 21, 2010

    We do not need any of these kind of people in our society! Hope this young man recovers.
    Tax Man

    I guess the leaders should have thought about that when they were passing on the legacy of privilege for some and oppression for all others, and showing the world through it's policies and practices that this was how it should be done and legislating poverty and all the other things that were set in motion long ago and are coming to fruition now. You reap what you sow.

  • squirrelsunlimited Jan 21, 2010

    Lock these cowards away with their own kind.

  • Life-goes-on. Jan 21, 2010

    What we need is to change the law to allow a person to defend himself against any perceived threat instead of a life threatening situation. When this kid's stepdad walked up and they ask what he was going to do, he should have been able to pull a gun and blow their business away. The thugs know they have the upper hand and don't care about following the law. It's time we took our rights as law abiding citizens back from these criminals. When they know ordinary citizens can and will take them out we'll all have a safer place to live. Reform the law that protects criminals. You threaten, I shoot and walk away, period.

  • Tax Man Jan 21, 2010

    Need to be legally carrying that handgun with a permit - these thugs need to be brought down permanently - 4 on 1 - let them come for me and they can taste some lead! Convict these guys on attempted murder charges and lock them up forever. We do not need any of these kind of people in our society! Hope this young man recovers.