Columbia City Council has enacted an emergency curfew in the wake of the beating of an 18-year-old man last week in Five Points. Meanwhile, the teenage victim of the brutal attack is speaking out for the first time.
Council members unanimously passed an ordinance during a special work session Tuesday morning making in against the law for anyone under the age of 17 to be out in the Five Points area between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
The curfew lasts 60 days and goes into effect immediately. It will be enforced every day of the week.
19-year-old Thyeem Henrey and seven juveniles are being held in the June 20 beating of Carter Strange. Police say he was jogging home just after midnight when the suspects approached him and beat him up. According to family members, Strange had to have emergency brain surgery.
Carter says he recently talked to the man who found him and called 911. “I told him how much I appreciate what he did, because otherwise I wouldn’t be here right now,” said Carter.
Carter doesn’t have medical insurance, so his family has set up an account. You can go to any Wachovia and Wells Fargo bank and donate money.