Assault victim dies; WPD searching for suspect

Assault victim dies; WPD searching for suspect

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in finding the person or persons responsible for assaulting a 57-year-old man who died over the weekend.

According to a WPD spokesperson, Austin Clarkson Jr. was the victim of an assault near Spofford Circle in Wilmington on May 9, around 9 p.m. Clarkson was taken off life support Saturday and passed away, the spokesperson said.

Police say EMS responded to the 700 block of South Tenth Street early May 10. Someone called 911 to report Clarkson was unable to walk.

Officials met with Clarkson in the hospital, which is where he told them about the assault.

Anyone with information should call Wilmington police at 910-343-3600 or use Text-A-Tip by texting TIP708 and a message to CRIMES (274637). All Text-A-Tip messages are anonymous.

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