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Whiteville Man Jailed in Bladenboro Assault

One suspect is in custody in Friday’s attack of a wheelchair bound man found in a ditch.

Tahliy Jahrik Latavian Graham, 18, of Whiteville, is bneing held under $250,000 secured bond in the Bladen County Detention Center. The Bladen Sheriff’s Office said he is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury; armed robbery, and first degree burglary.

The BCSO said in a press release that Demetrius Powell, 40, was found by family members in a ditch in front of his residence just before 11 a.m. Friday. His motorized scooter was neartby. The BCSO said Powell was attacked inside his home. The report did not say if Powell got outside on his own, ore if he was taken outside by his assailant.

Powell’s injuries were so severe that he was transported to New Hanover Regional by helicopter.

Graham was arrested Wendesday.

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