SYLACAUGA, Ala. (WIAT) — Four former Sylacauga High School students have been arrested today in the assault of 17-year-old Brian Ogle, officials say.
Ogle was reportedly beaten by a group of people the night of Sept. 30th in the parking lot of Old Ace Hardware. His mother told us he was attacked because he made pro-police statements on social media, and says she thinks it is a hate crime. Ogle was found bleeding from his head on Friday around 10 p.m. He was transported to the Coosa Valley Medical Center and later transported to UAB by helicopter. He reportedly suffered skull fractures and internal bleeding.
Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson says all four that were arrested are between the ages of 18 and 20, and former SHS students.
20-year-old Quartez Lamar Walker, 19-year-old Bobby Ronchea Brown, 18-year-old La Noah Grant Ealy Jr., and 20-year-old Daveon Shamareya Nix were all arrested by Sylacauga Police and charged with assault.
All four suspects arrested are black males. Walker and Brown were arrested on the campus of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa. Walker is charged with assault in the first degree, a Class B felony. His bond is set at $20,000. If convicted, the charge carries a sentence of two to 20 years in prison.
Brown is charged with assault in the second degree, a class C felony. If convicted, the charge carries a sentence of one to 10 years in prison. His bond is set at $15,000.
Grant Ealy, Jr. was arrested on the campus of Auburn University at Montgomery and charged with assault in the second. His bond is $15,000.
Nix was arrested in Sylacauga and charged with assault in the second degree. His bond is also set at $15,000.
We spoke to Brian’s mother Brandi Allen after learning of the arrests. Last week, she told us Brian was moved out of the ICU into a room. Today, Brandi told us he is doing a little better.
Chief Kelley says there is no evidence to support any current SHS students were involved in the assault, and that they do not expect to make any further arrests at this time.