Thomaston, GA – Three people have been arrested in Georgia for stabbing a man because he posted his support of President Donald Trump to social media.
The incident occurred just before 8:40 p.m. on Nov. 3 in a yard in the 200-block of Beal Street, behind the Big Chic restaurant on Barnesville Street, WGXA reported.
Police received a 911 call about a stabbing and responded to the scene.
When officers arrived at the restaurant, they found 19-year-old Jaylan Harris bleeding in the parking lot with multiple stab wounds, WMAZ reported.
The preliminary investigation by detectives determined that Harris had posted something in support of President Trump on social media, prompting a real-life fight that turned terribly violent, WMAZ reported.
The Thomaston Police Department posted about the stabbing on the department’s official Facebook page.
“Upon further investigation it was determined that the actual fight occurred in the yard of 216 Beal St., where a large crowd had gathered, behind Big Chic,” police wrote.
Thomaston PD said that Harris was “moved to the Big Chic parking lot after the fight and prior to the police arriving. The crime scene was expanded to include the residence of 216 Beal Street and several individuals at that location were detained.”
“According to information obtained in the preliminary investigation there was an alleged social media post made by the victim in support of President Trump,” the post continued. “The alleged post sparked a heated social media dispute between multiple parties that ultimately lead to a physical altercation between the victim and multiple offenders at 216 Beal Street.”
“During the altercation the victim was stabbed multiple times,” police added.
The altercation was captured on cell phone video by witnesses who turned the footage over to the police.
Thomaston police arrested 20-year-old Deshawn Barkley, 19-year-old Salvalas Everette, and 17-year-old Jamiricale Everette in connection with the attack on Harris, WMAZ reported.
The men – all of whom were related – were each charged with aggravated assault and held at the Upson County Jail.
Thomaston police and Upson County sheriff’s deputies performed First Aid on Harris until EMS arrived, WGXA reported.
Harris was transported to Upson Regional Hospital and then airlifted to a trauma center in Macon.
He was treated for multiple stab wounds and was in stable condition in the hospital, WGXA reported.
Police said they were still investigating and anticipated additional charges against additional suspects would be forthcoming.
Anyone with information about the identity of location of the suspects was asked to contact Thomaston Police Lieutenant Brian Hammock at 706-647-5455, WGXA reported.