UPDATE 12:57 a.m. Saturday AUGUST 20:
Jenkins is alive and still recovering from his severe injuries, said San Marcos Police Department Commander Penny L. Dunn last week.
After almost two months of searching, San Marcos police say they found two men who severely beat a 22-year-old Texas State student at Hillside Ranch Apartments.
The male victim, Stephen Jenkins, sustained extensive facial injuries as a result of the assault. Emergency services personnel transported the victim to Brackenridge Hospital, where an initial medical evaluation revealed multiple facial fractures.
Police charged 23-year-old Jeffrey Werland and 20-year-old Joshua Hoelscher with aggravated assault with serious bodily injury. Both men are from Columbus and Werland is a Texas State student.
In connection with the same incident, police also charged 22-year-old Aaron Cable and 23-year-old Corey Peikert with giving false reports to a police officer. Cable and Peikert are also from Columbus, and Cable is a Texas State student.
Hoelscher and Werland are alleged to have been among five males who confronted the victim in the parking lot of Hillside Ranch, which is located at 1350 North LBJ Drive on April 8 at approximately 3:15 a.m. Jenkins and the five males allegedly exchanged harsh words, and one man allegedly punched Jenkins. The blow knocked Jenkins unconscious, and the men allegedly proceeded to kick him several times in the face and body. The five men allegedly then fled on foot.
San Marcos Police Department Commander Penny L. Dunn said the five men did not know Jenkins. Dunn said there is “no specific information” that indicates drug or alcohol intoxication was a factor in the crime. Dunn said Jenkins sustained severe facial fractures that required extensive reconstructive surgery. Dunn said police will not release what was said between the suspects and Jenkins, in order to protect the integrity of the criminal case.
(Assistant Editor’s note: The above has been revised to indicate the name of the victim, Stephen Jenkins.)Email | Print