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Suspect charged in June assault of local business owner in downtown Aiken

August 1, 2018

Aiken Public Safety charged an Aiken man Monday in connection to an incident involving the assault of an Aiken business owner in June on Laurens Street.

Gregory Young Bowles, 51, of the 400 block of Old Bell Road, is charged with third-degree assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury to personal property, according to jail records.

Officers responded at 6:03 p.m. on June 29 to the In-N-Out convenience store at 580 Laurens St. in reference to a call about an assault.

The owner of the business told investigators he was blowing off the sidewalk and parking lot of his business when the suspect approached him, stating his vehicle was “dirty,” and then started to assault him.

The suspect reportedly approached the victim because the victim had blown dirt on his car, which made him upset.

The victim said the suspect grabbed him by the neck, slammed him into his own car and then punched him repeatedly in the face.

Officers reported observing the damage to the victim’s vehicle, which appeared to be a dent on the front passenger side of the car, and they saw “red scratch marks,” along with dried blood.

EMS was called to the scene to treat the victim’s injuries.

The victim also told investigators, after being attacked, he tried to take a picture of the suspect’s license plate with his cellphone, but the suspect knocked it out of his hands to the ground damaging it.

The suspect then fled the scene before police arrived, but investigators were able to get video of the assault from the store’s security cameras.

Following an investigation, Bowles was arrested Monday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was released on the same day on a $5,337.50 bond, according to the detention center.

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