The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Florida man in connection with the beating of a Hillsville man Thursday night.
According to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Donnie Spangler, a warrant for Justin Baldwin, 33, of Hollywood, Fla., has been issued for the charge of malicious wounding. Thanks to efforts from the Hillsville Police Department, Spangler said the Sheriff’s Office received a call at 9:55 p.m. Thursday night that Dusty Dale Pickett had been assaulted at 612 Sylvatus Highway in Hillsville.
Spangler said Pickett had a “great deal of injuries on his face,” and was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
“Mr. Pickett advised he seen somebody in a neighbor’s yard, went to confront them and see what they were doing. When he confronted them one of the individuals hit him. By Mr. Pickett’s account, he doesn’t know exactly how many times he was hit,” Spangler said. “He had fractures in his face. We know this is the person who assaulted him. We have some witnesses and statements to obtain warrants. The Hillsville Police Department has done a great job. They have come up with some information and me following up on that information and talking to some individuals led up to us obtaining warrants on this individual. Right now this is the individual we have information on that actually assaulted Mr. Pickett.”
Spangler said Pickett has been released from the hospital and the investigation continues.