Columbia Police said Monday they have arrested a third man involved in a violent brawl outside a Columbia bar last week.
A statement from Police Chief Randy Scott announced 21-year-old Michael Kendrix had turned himself in to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Sunday. He is charged with Second Degree Assault and Battery. John Sumner and Stanley McBride, also 21, already face similar charges in the fight with another man in the city’s Five Points district.
The suspects, who are all Benedict College students, are accused of kicking the victim and using their fists to repeatedly punch him in the head area causing lacerations and a broken jaw. The incident occurred at approximately 2 o’clock in the morning on Harden Street Sunday, September 23, 2012. The incident was recorded by a bystander and posted to the web, stirring more criticism of a rising violent crime rate in that popular area of the city.
Columbia Police say they are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the assault and that more arrests are still possible.
Meanwhile, Benedict said the three students had been “administratively withdrawn” from the school. “Students may be withdrawn administratively from the College at any time by the administration for the good of the College,” Benedict officials said in a statement shortly after Kendrix’s arrest was announced. The school said its policy does not allow it to comment on pending legal matters.