COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Four young men are facing charges stemming from an assault caught on video and uploaded to YouTube last week. Deputies in Colleton County are still looking for two others.
Ramone Varner, 17, Nickolye Glaze, 20, and Marcus Riley, 19, were arrested Monday and charged with misprision of a felony. Riley was also charged with simple assault.
A fourth suspect was arrested and later released into the custody of his parents because he is only 16 years old.
Deputies are still searching for Tristian Aiken and Mark McMillon. Both are facing charges of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature after they allegedly assaulted the victim in a yard. That act was not caught on the video.
The arrests came after the victim saw a report that aired Friday evening on Live 5 News, the CBS affiliate in Charleston. After seeing the video on air, he filed a complaint with deputies. Before the victim filed the complaint, deputies were unable to identify the victim and could not make any arrests.
The YouTube video started with a slap in the victim's face, and then some taunting words to a man who is stumbling and falling down on a rural dirt road.
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"Get up man, come walk," one of the attackers is heard saying.
The man had enough trouble standing, let alone walking. The men shooting the video started asking questions. "Tell us what your name is," one is heard saying.
The victim kept falling down and getting up, much to the amusement of the men following him.
Colleton County residents are disheartened by the video after viewing it. "It's very disturbing. The way things are going in Walterboro, it's the normal thing anymore," said Brenda Langdale.
Then the men gave a warning to the victim. "You better get up, you gotta go, gotta go. You're going to jail if you don't," one of them was heard saying on the video.
They even dared to show their faces to the camera. "Basically they don't have much sense, getting in trouble. That right there just shows they're guilty if somebody will recognize them," said resident Steve Hudson.
"It's horrible. It gives me cold chills to think there's people in this world like that," said Langdale.
The men made fun of his injuries. "Look at the knots on his head," one of them was heard saying.
They also asked him for money. "You got any money? Give me five dollars," one of them is heard saying.
The video ended without any indication what may have ultimately happened to the victim.
The Colleton County Sheriff's Office discovered the video on YouTube. A spokesman said investigators regularly go online to search social networking sites for videos of possible crimes and suspects.