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Preston Ave. Assault Suspect Arrested

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An arrest has been made in conjunction with an assault caught on tape at a Charlottesville gas station.

Thirty-eight-year-old Mark Bernard Wicks of Charlottesville turned himself in Monday.  He is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and is out on bond.   

Police say on August 20, Wicks claimed his car was damaged by paving work. He hit one of the paving crew members in the face at the Preston Avenue Shell gas station.    

Wicks is scheduled to appear in Charlottesville General District Court on the charges on October 19.

Police Statement
October 8, 2012

Mark Bernard Wicks, 38-yrs-old of Charlottesville, was arrested and charged with Misdemeanor (Assault and Battery) He turned himself to today and was released on bond. He is scheduled to appear in the Charlottesville General District Court on October 19th.

Original Press Release
September 09, 2012
On Monday August 20th, 2012  at approx. 12:30 am Charlottesville Police responded to the Preston Avenue Shell Station for an assault of a paving employee working in the 600 block
of Preston Avenue. 
The suspect confronted the employee about damage to his vehicle that he believed was caused by the paving work being done.  The suspect, unprovoked, struck the victim in the face with a single punch causing the victim to fall unconscious, striking his head on the pavement. 
The victim was treated and later released from UVA Hospital. 
We have attached the video footage from an area business capturing the incident and is being
released to the community for assistance.  In the footage the suspect, a black male, can be seen wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants.  An unknown female wearing a pink or red shirt and dark pants is also seen in the footage leaving with the suspect.  Both persons reportedly got into a white Ford Crown Victoria or Chevrolet Caprice with large chrome rims and left the area. 
If anyone can identify the individuals involved in this incident or has information about this
case please contact Detective Stayments at 434-970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
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