Grandfather Assaulted By Stranger, Falsely Accused Of Kidnapping Grandchild

A bizarre incident played out over-the-weekend in the Summerwind Plantation subdivision off Glenn Road in the Cleveland community.

Around 4:45pm Saturday, a 65 year-old man was walking along the edge of a subdivision street with his 9 month-old granddaughter. Johnston County deputies said a stranger reportedly stopped and for some unknown reason thought the grandfather was kidnapping the child.

The stranger, identified as 19 year-old Brandon Lee Rios of Garner, allegedly confronted the grandfather and physically assaulted him causing minor injuries.

Deputies responded to the disturbance and arrested Rios on a misdemeanor simple assault charge. Rios was released on a $1,500 bond.