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Victim in Raleigh bar assault still hospitalized

Posted October 5, 2010

— The father of a man who suffered serious head injuries after being assaulted outside a Raleigh bar last week says his son remains in critical but stable condition at Rex Hospital.

“He’s still alive today, and one more day is a day closer to him pulling out of this and going on with the rest of his life,” Ben Lawrence said Tuesday.

Raleigh police say Evan Benjamin Lawrence, 23, was involved in an altercation early Thursday morning outside the Jackpot Bar on Hillsborough Street.

Charles Zachary Poll, 25, of 816 S. Bloodworth St. in Raleigh, was arrested Monday and charged with assault inflicting serious injury.

Ben Lawrence said that, based on conversations he had with police and witnesses, his son was finishing a cigarette outside the bar and flicked the butt, accidentally hitting Poll in the leg.

Evan Lawrence was picked up and slammed to the ground, his head hitting the concrete, Ben Lawrence said. With the help of friends, his son was able to get up and go home; friends later took him to Rex Hospital for treatment.

Charles Zachary Poll Suspect charged in Raleigh bar assault

“The guy slammed my boy on his head,” Ben Lawrence said. “I don’t believe anyone could imagine the consequences of his actions and still do that.”

Attending their son’s first court appearance Tuesday, Poll’s parents said there are other sides to the story that haven’t been told, but they declined to comment further.

Poll was in the Wake County jail Tuesday afternoon under a $7,500 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 26.

“I’d like to see the criminal justice system come through in a strong, fair way, and I think in the end it will help this young man,” Ben Lawrence said. “I don’t believe he intended to kill my son, but what he did was way beyond just some outside-a-bar tussle.”


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  • cll777 Oct 13, 2010

    Witnesses: one is the alleged, one is an associate of the alleged, and one is in a coma. Laura, you do know the man that was attacked was outside by himself, right?

    I'll be sure to hire you next time I get a speeding ticket. You sound like you know the legal system from the inside out.

    Here's the docket number from the NC DOC's website: 01052568 (paste it into Google)...that darn NC Dept of Corrections, well, it's hard to trust them these days--they'll just run any story to make a buck!

  • laura4136 Oct 8, 2010

    What matters most legally is who threw the first punch. And there are witnesses to that, and that will determine if the whole thing ever goes to court in the first place (at least criminal court). Btw, "B&E and larceny"? Uh, yeah right. I'll put that at the top of the list of outright lies I've read on the internet...

  • shortcake53 Oct 6, 2010

    rroutput, if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck........ you get the idea.

  • rroutput Oct 6, 2010

    I am not judging the victim, I didn't know him. I also was not there so I didn't see what happened. If the accused has a history of violence then let that be considered in court. All I am saying is that judging the situation before you know all the facts completely thwarts our legal system, and we should all be scared to know that our own fate or the fate of a loved one may be voted on by a jury of folks that draw their own conclusions long before the facts are released. Those quick to judge are a cancer to our legal system.

  • cll777 Oct 6, 2010

    The accused does indeed have a record. B&E and larceny -- both misdemeanor charges (that were reduced) and thereafter, probation.

  • j5m7p87 Oct 6, 2010

    I think it is sad that society is so worried about the quickness at which a man is condemned for such a ridiculous act of violence. I personally know the victim and have known him since 1996 and he is physically harmless. Maybe Poll has a short fuse and has the outrageous need to DDT my friend, no matter what may have been SAID. I think sticks and stones may have been the crime here....not words.

  • joshhanson Oct 6, 2010

    I dont think a 2 year old kid would be scared of Evan. Hes probably 130 pounds soaking wet.. And to do this while he is alone out front of a bar and half your size. Words are words but to slam someone on there head is a straight jocko move.. Now hes laying in a hospital bed with everyone hoping he makes it when he could be out nollie flippin stairs with the homeys!!!

  • shortcake53 Oct 6, 2010

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, compare pics of the boys.

  • nmarshall Oct 6, 2010

    I think its sad that we are so quick to condemn someone that we dont even know. I personally know the man who was arrested, and have known him for quite some time now, and as hard as it is for me to believe that this event actually transpired, i think its important to look at things from a more broader perspective. I am not in any way taking sides here, and i do hope justice is correctly served in this situation. I just hope that Poll is given a fair trial and that people will set their feelings aside and look at all facts and not fall into complacency.

  • aspenstreet1717 Oct 6, 2010

    Does the accused have a record?