By Michael R. Moser
Investigation is continuing into the assault of a Hispanic man who investigators say was beating severely with a baseball bat in an attack that spawned out of an on-going extra marital affair.
The victim, described as 19-year-old Hispanic male living on Arlis Holman Dr., was flown to The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville from Cumberland Medical Center where he was treated for broken bones to his arms and fingers, and severe lacerations to his head.
No arrests have been made, but an on-going police investigation has identified the suspect as a 20-year-old Webb Ave. Hispanic male, according to Crossville Police Ptl. Curtis Phillips' report. Dets. Danny Harris and Elizabeth Henshaw are investigating the assault.
Crossville Police were dispatched to a residence on Arlis Holman Dr. after the occupied answered a knock at the door and cry for help from the victim around 1 a.m. July 5. Through a translator, the victim identified his assailant and stated the ball bat beating had taken place in the parking lot of the apartments.
The resulting investigation revealed that the suspect in the attack had learned his wife was having an extra-marital affair with the victim that had spanned the past year. The two spent the Fourth of July together at which time the suspect's wife told him she had decided she was leaving him in favor of the victim.
On July 5, the suspect and the victim met to discuss the affair, and were at some point joined by the wife who later told police all seemed to be OK between the three. The jilted husband offered to drive the boyfriend home and the alleged assault took place after the victim arrived in the parking lot of his home.
Police are still searching for the suspect, who may have fled the area.