Man Beaten By Stranger Over The Way He Parked, JCSO Says

A Johnston County man says he was violently attacked by a stranger because of the way he parked his car.  The incident happened last month at a rural convenient store. An arrest has now been made in the case.

On June 29th around 10:30PM, a 42 year-old Kenly man said he went to the Shop N Go at 11585 Highway 42 East in the Stancil’s Chapel community.  The victim said he was inside the store getting beer when a stranger reportedly approached him inside the store upset over the way the victim had parked his car.

The suspect allegedly got in the man’s face and punched him, according to reports.  The victim sustained a severe laceration and injury to his teeth.

Following an investigation, Johnston County sheriff’s detectives were able to identify 23 year-old Justin Lucas Whitley of Highway 222, Middlesex as the suspect.  Whitley was arrested July 10th and charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was given a $40,000 bond. The victim told authorities Whitley was a complete stranger.