Two Bluffton men have been charged and another suspect is wanted in an apparent gang-related beating last month that left a Bluffton man in a coma, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies arrested Bryce Mincey, 20, on Tuesday and his brother, Christopher Mincey, 21, on Wednesday, on charges of second-degree assault and battery by a mob, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center.
Anthony Clinton Grant, 17, who deputies warn may be armed, is wanted. Grant is known to frequent Jade Stone Court in Bluffton, the Hardeeville area and Oyster Shell Lane on Hilton Head Island, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
The men were at the pool in the Edgefield community at about 12:30 a.m. June 30 when deputies responded to a report of a fight and found a 22-year-old Bluffton man lying on the ground, an incident report states.
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The victim, Stefan Harris, appeared to be intoxicated, as he was disheveled, vomiting, and wet from the pool or from profuse sweating, the report said. He also smelled strongly of alcohol and said he didn't feel well, according to the release.
The Minceys and several others told deputies the victim had simply drank too much and fallen down, and that no fight had occurred.
However, when the victim arrived by ambulance at Coastal Carolina Hospital, doctors found he had suffered a broken nose and bleeding in and around the brain, indicating force trauma to the head. There was no alcohol in his system, the report said.
An investigation found Harris had been assaulted as a "disciplinary action" by the Piru "G-Shine" Bloods gang for not participating in a gang-related fight, the release said.
During the attack, Harris was punched and kicked repeatedly about the head and body, according to the release. Afterward, the suspects poured beer and water on him to make it appear as if he were drunk.
He was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for treatment, according to the report. Harris has been released and is recovering from his injuries, the release said.
Shortly after the attack, deputies spoke with Harris' mother, Susan Harris, who said the Minceys had lived with her family and had stopped by their home June 29 when Stefan Harris was not there.
She last spoke with her son at about 11 p.m. on the night of the attack, before she went to bed, and did not know he had gone out until she got a call from the hospital, the report said.
Reached Wednesday, Harris' parents said their son was recovering slowly.
"We want to thank all of our family and friends for their support," Susan Harris said. "It's difficult. It's been a very slow process. And we feel betrayed by these young men."
The Minceys were in the county jail Wednesday, with bond for each set at $10,000, according to the jail log.
Anyone with information about the incident or Grant's whereabouts can call Sgt. Doug Seifert at 843-255-3414 or Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES.
Follow reporter Rebecca Lurye at twitter.com/IPBG_Rebecca.