3 charged, arrested in Rock the South assault case

Published: Jul. 24, 2023 at 8:08 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2023 at 12:08 PM CDT
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CULLMAN, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Cullman police announced Wednesday that three people have been arrested following an assault that left one man injured during Rock the South.

William Joseph Vinson, JR, 20, Zachary Scott Taylor, 21, and Chance Marcus Alan Starling, 20, were all taken into custody as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. All three are from Madison County.

Cullman Police Chief David Nassetta said that all three men were charged with second degree assault, a Class C Felony. All three have since bonded out according to police.

Cullman Police held a news conference Wednesday morning regarding an update on the assault case that took place at Rock the South this past weekend. Watch it in its entirety below.

Police hold news conference to update Rock the South assault case

Original Story: The Cullman Police Department said charges are forthcoming in the viral assault that took place at the Rock the South festival over the weekend. Officers tell WBRC that they have everyone identified in the assault.

Investigators are working with the District Attorney’s Office to determine what each individual could be charged with. Investigators said that the charges could vary based on the victim(s) injuries.

“I have a concussion, fractured nose, um, had to get like glued up right here,” said assault survivor Reid Watts.

Watts had to go to the hospital as a result of the assault. As for what started it, Watts says a middle-aged man thought he spilled beer on him. Watts said that he was not even drinking and the two shook hands, but not long after things took a turn for the worst.

“A couple of my friends had to go to the bathroom, and as soon as they left, that’s when I was jumped, I think it was by the dude’s friends, I guess, probably four or five guys.”

Watts believes he could identify a few of the men involved, but not everyone. Rock the South organizers stress those responsible should and will face consequences.

“These things happen, it is never acceptable when it happens. We are going to put them under the jail if we can… Our fans have poured in support. We have thousands of pictures of these guys and like I said, I don’t think it is going to be long before these guys are in jail,” said Rock the South founder Shane Quick.

The festival offered a large reward and lifetime tickets for people to come forward with information on the assault. Cullman Police Department has been flooded with information and pictures of the people involved.

Thank you to all who have sent in pictures, videos and comments identifying those who are involved in the assault this...

Posted by Cullman Police Department on Monday, July 24, 2023

They took to social media to say thank you to all those who have helped, and ask that anyone who witnessed the assault first hand come forward and share what they know.

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