Man arrested for cutting teen, possible hate crime charge

Chase McClary

The Florence County Sheriff's Office says Chase Lewis McClary, 22, was arrested Thursday night in Charlotte, North Carolina in connection with an assault on a teenager on August 20.

The sheriff's office says McClary attacked a 16-year-old African American boy at a home in the Brandon Woods Subdivision. Investigators say the West Florence High School Student was visiting a friend when he was attacked.

They say Chase McClary hit the teenager in the head with a coffee mug and when the mug broke, continued to cut the boy with broken pieces. The boy needed 200 stitches.

Deputies say during the assault, McClary called the teen racially derogatory names.

McClary is being held at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center.

He'll have a hearing Friday to determine if he'll agree to be moved to Florence to face the charge. If that happens, McClary could be in front of a magistrate for a bond hearing late Friday afternoon.

In addition to the State charge, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice are reviewing the case and may prosecute it as a hate crime under federal law.