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Hawkins County man accused of beating three people with metal pipe

March 4th, 2014 6:38 am by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins County man accused of beating three people with metal pipe

Marty Ellison Hughes

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville man who was arrested Sunday night for allegedly beating three neighbors on the head with a pipe was reportedly too combative in the Hawkins County Jail Monday morning to be arraigned.

Marty Ellison Hughes, 43, 329 Boyd Street Apt. 38, Rogersville, remains held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending a rescheduled arraignment Wednesday in Sessions Court.

Rogersville police charged Hughes with three counts of aggravated assault stemming from an altercation that occurred at the Boyd Street Apartments around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

RPD officers Jim Shanks and Patrick Johnson were dispatched to the apartment complex around 8:39 p.m. Sunday where they reportedly found 8-10 people “running around in the breezeway at the apartments yelling.”

Detective Charlie Gibson told the Times-News that the altercation began after Hughes allegedly flirted with and made lewd suggestions to a young woman who lives a few doors down from the apartment complex.

The young woman is not a minor, but she was reportedly upset by Hughes’ behavior and told family members.

Several family members including the young woman’s mother reportedly went to the apartment complex to confront Hughes about what he said to the young woman.

At that time an altercation occurred, and Hughes allegedly hit the mother and two other males over the head with a metal pipe.

Gibson said Hughes was intoxicated at the time.

Two victims, including the mother, were treated by Hawkins County EMS at the scene. Johnson stated in his report that the mother was struck across the face with the pipe.

A third victim, Joshua Andrew Strange, 27, was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, where he was listed Monday in good condition.

All three victims had lacerations on their heads and were bleeding, Gibson said.

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