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Men beat victim with baseball bat in Five Points bar fight, police say

Frankie McDonald (on left) and Damon Wells
Frankie McDonald (on left) and Damon Wells Photos provided by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office

Columbia police arrested two men Tuesday morning after they say the pair beat a victim with a baseball bat outside a Five Points bar and hurt another man who tried to intervene.

Frankie McDonald, 23, and Damon Wells, 17, were charged with second-degree assault and battery by mob, according to the Columbia Police Department.

The incident happened at about 11:30 p.m. Monday. Officers responded to Pavlov’s Bar on Greene Street in Five Points and found two 20-year-old men outside with visible injuries.

One man was more seriously injured, officials said – with cuts and bleeding visible on his head. EMS took both victims to a hospital.

Witnesses told law enforcement the more seriously injured victim had been arguing with at least two people inside the bar. As the man left the bar, the suspects hit him repeatedly with a baseball bat, officials said. The second victim was injured when he tried to break up the fight.

The suspects then drove away in an SUV, witnesses told police. A witness gave a vehicle description and a license plate number to responding officers.

In the early morning hours Tuesday, an officer on patrol spotted the vehicle at Bluff and Bates roads. McDonald and Wells were arrested at about 3 a.m.

Both men were transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. A judge set bond for both suspects at $50,000 at a hearing Wednesday.

Glen Luke Flanagan: 803-771-8305, @glenlflanagan