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Magistrate finds probable cause in random attacks case

The case of a man accused of randomly punching people after a Live on the Levee performance last month has been bound to a Kanawha grand jury.

Charles Richard Hayes, 35, is accused of punching two people shortly after the weekly show on May 24.

Magistrate Hollis Lewis IV found there was probable cause for a grand jury to hear the case against Hayes and determine whether to indict him after a hearing in magistrate court Monday afternoon.

Hayes is accused of attacking three people between 10 and 10:30 p.m. on May 24 along Virginia and Summers streets, Charleston Police Detective J.J. Weaver said in a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

During the hearing Monday, Lewis also increased Hayes’ bond from $20,000 with a 10 percent cash option to $30,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

During the hearing Monday, a man said he was traveling on Summers Street, near the Kanawha County Public Library, on his skateboard on his way home from work when Hayes became aggressive toward him after he denied Hayes a slice of pizza.

The man said he then came upon someone who had been punched, and people on the scene identified Hayes as the puncher. The man said he put down his pizza and pursued Hayes on his skateboard.

The employee caught up with Hayes just as he punched a woman along Virginia Street, and he kept track of Hayes until police officers arrived, he said during the hearing.

During the hearing Monday, the man who was punched said he was walking along Summers Street between 10 and 10:30 p.m. on May 24 after taking down tents following Live on the Levee, and he said he walked past Hayes before Hayes “erupted” from a bench and punched him.

The man, 37, said he suffered four fractures to his jaw, which is being held together by two metal plates. He said he also suffered a stretched nerve, causing him to lose sensation in parts of his mouth and in his face.

The man had “severe bleeding” in his mouth, Weaver said in the criminal complaint. A second man also was punched at that time, but he declined to give a statement to police, Weaver said.

A 49-year-old woman who testified during the hearing said she went to Bar 101 with a friend after they left Live on the Levee. She said it was about 10:30 p.m. when she and her friend left the bar and were walking along Virginia Street, near the Chase Bank Building.

The woman said she was walking then saw “a flash of light. Then I was on my back.”

The woman suffered a fracture to her cheekbone and a concussion, she said during the hearing Monday.

Hayes is incarcerated at South Central Regional Jail.

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