Conway man charged in assault after victim refused to buy drugs

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 7, 2013 

— Police charged a Conway man Saturday in connection with a the beating of a 36-year-old man when he refused to purchase drugs outside a convenience store last month, according to a police report.

Jamor Ladon Gagum, 23, was booked into J. Rueben Long Detention Center at 2:58 a.m. Saturday on charges of simple possession of marijuana; driving under suspension; failure to give proper signal; open container of alcohol in a vehicle; first-degree assault and battery; unlawful carrying of a pistol; possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime; and manufacture, distribution of ice, crank or crack cocaine, according to jail records.

Gagum is being held on $46,670 bail.

The assault and weapon charges stemmed from about 9 p.m. Dec. 10 when a 36-year-old man told police he was assaulted outside a convenience store after he refused to purchase marijuana, according to a police report. The victim said Gagum and two other men began punching and kicking him after he declined the drugs outside a store on West U.S. 501 near Conway.

The victim said he tried to fight back, but was unable to do so. The victim suffered cuts and swelling to his face, head and knees, according to the report. The victim said after the suspects stopped punching him, one of the men held a gun to the back of his head and threatened to shoot him.

A witness told police he drove the victim to the location and saw the victim talking to a man as he went into the store, according to the report. The witness said when he came out of the store he saw several men punching and kicking the victim and then Gagum point a gun at the victim.

Police were called to Conway Medical Center for the incident where the victim was treated on Dec. 10, according to the report. The other suspects were not identified in the report.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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