After viral post, Wrightsville Beach Police Dept. issues response about alleged assault as investigation continues

After viral post, Wrightsville Beach Police Dept. issues response about alleged assault as investigation continues
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 2:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2021 at 3:54 PM EDT
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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - The Wrightsville Beach Police Department is investigating a fight between two groups of people early Wednesday morning. The incident happened at Johnnie Mercer’s Pier on Salisbury St., according to the police report.

The brawl is getting a lot of attention on social media after one of the people allegedly involved posted about the scuffle and alleged racial motivations.

A woman, identified as Budha Snave on her Facebook page, says she and her sister, who are both African American, were attacked by a white couple around 5 a.m. The post includes photos of the two women’s facial injuries.

WARNING: The images contained in the following Facebook post may be graphic to some. Viewer discretion is advised.

I wasn’t even gonna post about it. But man god and my ancestors saved me and my sister life. We were assaulted and...

Posted by Budha Snave on Wednesday, July 14, 2021

According to Wrightsville Beach police, the white couple claims they were the ones who were attacked. In an effort to contact the couple, WECT requested a copy of the incident report, however, the names and contact information for both parties involved were redacted.

Wrightsville Beach Police Chief David Squires confirmed no one was arrested but said the case is under investigation.

“All four parties were identified,” Squires said. “No probable cause was found to make an arrest--essentially identifying a primary aggressor. In these cases, it is common to continue the investigation and/or to facilitate any party consulting with the magistrate to determine if a process should be issued.”

The two sisters involved in the fight were transported to the hospital for their injuries. Squires said the couple declined treatment.

Squires says he encourages all four people to contact the Wrightsville Beach Police Department.

“I would urge any party to this case, any of the four people involved, that want to consult with the police department, they are welcomed to consult with an investigator, provide a statement if they have more information or different information that’s already been collected,” he said.

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