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Man charged with assault after severe attack

A Glen man has been charged with aggravated assault after a man was attacked at a Corinth restaurant and suffered facial fractures.

The investigation remains open, and the police department wants to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident but has not been interviewed by police.

"Due to the sensitivity of the case and the sexuality of the victim, we have forwarded the case to the FBI for review," said Capt. Dell Green. "We don't have a hate crimes statute in Mississippi, but we do have an enhancement which happens during the prosecution phase."

Luke Kiddy, 22, of County Road 300, turned himself in at the police department Thursday morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He posted $25,000 bond and was released.

The assault occurred at V Taco on Cruise Street about 11:30 p.m. last Friday. The victim was transported to Magnolia Regional Health Center.

"It was not clear at that time the severity of the injuries to the victim," said Green.

Kiddy was released because it appeared initially to be a misdemeanor assault situation, according to Green. In such a case, the burden is on the victim to press charges.

The victim was transported from Magnolia to Regional One in Memphis, however, after it was determined the injuries were severe.

Questions remain as to exactly what transpired between the two men.

"We have not been able to establish motive at the moment on why the victim was assaulted," said Green.

Under Mississippi law, when the case is presented to the grand jury, the option could be given to indict for aggravated assault with an enhancement for discriminatory reasons.