Arrest warrant issued for NC man wanted in assault near Five Points

These three men are being sought for questioning in the assault case. (Source: Columbia Police Department)
These three men are being sought for questioning in the assault case. (Source: Columbia Police Department)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia Police investigators have filed charges against a North Carolina man accused of assaulting a man on Wheat Street last weekend.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 21-year-old Michael Blaszczyk of Camp Lejeune, NC.  Blaszczyk is expected to be charged with Second Degree Assault and Battery.

Police investigators are working with United States Military and North Carolina officials on the extradition process. The arrest warrant will be served on Blaszczyk upon his arrival in Columbia.

Police say a Crimestoppers tip helped them identify three men wanted for questioning in an assault investigation that happened close to Five Points on August 19th.

Police say the victim and a woman accompanying him were walking home from Five Points around 2 a.m. when the three suspects approached them from behind at the 2200 block of Wheat Street.

The victim told investigators that one of the men called out to get his attention and when he turned around, he was punched in the face and fell to the ground.

Now on the ground, the victim said the beating continued and resulted in a broken nose, broken cheekbone, and black eyes.

The unidentified female tried to stop the assault by jumping on to the suspect's back, but she was unsuccessful.

As for the two other men, police say they watched the beating and didn't not try and stop it.

The victim in this case was treated at a local hospital and released.

Surveillance footage near Five Points shows the men police are looking to question walking down Harden Street. Police wanted to clarify that the men in this video are merely persons of interest at this point in time.

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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