Eighth suspect in brutal beating arrested
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 23, 2004 -- The eighth man implicated in the Nov. 9 brutal beating of 19-year-old Marcus Allen Wells Vaughn of Sulphur Springs has been apprehended.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez Garcia, 25, of Sulphur Springs was taken in custody at a Locust Street apartment at 4:17 p.m. Monday by Investigators Lewis Tatum and Jace Anglin and Cpls. Jimmy White and Chris Hill, who found him hiding under the bed in the rear of an apartment. He remained in the county jail just before noon Tuesday in lieu of $200,000 bond on the second-degree felony aggravated assault warrant. He was also being held on two unrelated city warrants for no driver's license and not vaccinating animals against rabies as required.

Two men, 22-year-old Damien Lynn Jolly of Cooper and 27-year-old Juan Alvarez, who has addresses in both Wylie and Sulphur Springs, were arrested Thursday, Nov. 11. Kerry Lee Jones, 22, of Cooper; Felipe Martinez Ortiz, 23, and John Matthew Perez, 21, both of Sulphur Springs; and Mike Alvin Ruiz, 21, of Winnsboro were all arrested on Friday, Nov. 12. Fermin Valles Jr., 20, of Sulphur Springs was arrested Friday, Nov. 19. All except for Alvarez are being held in lieu of $200,000 bond each on the charge of felony aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The eight men are accused of luring Vaughn, under the pretext of attending a party, into following them to County Road 3504, where they ambushed him, investigators believe. Vaughn sustained severe head trauma, and a scraped arm and knuckles, indicating he tried to fend off his attackers.

The blunt object believed to have been used in the assault was found Sunday, Nov. 14, and has been taken to a forensics lab for examination to definitively determine whether it was the object used to beat Vaughn's head and ribs.

At noon Tuesday, Vaughn remained in a coma in intensive care due to severe head trauma, with no notable change to his condition, according to sheriff's investigators.

A fund has been established at Guaranty Bond Bank to help assist his family with medical expenses resulting from the aggravated assault. Contributions may be made to the Marcus Allen Wells Vaughn fund at the bank, 919 Gilmer St., Tatum said Tuesday.

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