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4 teens attack 14-year-old boy at Elkmont barn

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ELKMONT — A 14-year-old boy who answered a gang-related question wrong was attacked by four other teens at a barn Saturday, a Limestone investigator said.

Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the incident occurred during a dance at 12:19 a.m. at the Country Music Barn on Elkton Road.

McNatt said the victim walked outside and approached the four teenagers. McNatt said the four hang out together and act as if they are in a gang.

"They asked the victim a gang question, and when he got the answer wrong, they beat him and one stabbed him three times in the chest area with some type of knife," McNatt said.

Athens-Limestone Hospital treated and released the victim.

McNatt said he did not know what question the teens asked the victim.

Lt. Brad Curnutt charged a 15-year-old Athens male with second-degree assault for stabbing the victim. That suspect is being held in Tuscumbia's juvenile detention center.

Curnutt also charged a 15-year-old Athens male and 16-year-old Athens male with third-degree assault for hitting the victim. Authorities released them into their parents' custody.

McNatt said the fourth teen faces charges as an adult because he is 19 years old. McNatt identified him as Eric Shane Wallace of 16609 Blackburn Road, Lot 3, Athens. He is out of jail on $1,000 bond, charged with third-degree assault for allegedly hitting the victim.

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