Sixth teen charged in Andrews dirt road assault

Anthony Robert Holmes, 18; David Dequan Rutledge Jr., 17; Kenneth Daniel Newton, 17; Alquavion Melvin Snow, 17; Gunnar Travis Gatlin, 17; Blake Allen Finley, 18. (Credit: Georgetown County Sheriff's Office)

A sixth teenager has been charged in connection with an assault on a dirt road in Andrews.

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office charged 18-year-old Blake Allen Finley, of Andrews, with affray for "his role in the events that came to light after a video of an assault was circulated on social media."

Affray is consensual fighting in a public place to the terror of the populace, according to the state's criminal code.

Five other teens are charged in the beating-- each initially facing one count of assault by mob.

Three of those teens, David Dequan Rutledge Jr., Kenneth Daniel Newton and Gunnar Travis Gatlin, were charged with a second count of assault by mob; they remain in custody on those charges.

Anthony Robert Holmes and Alquavion Melvin Snow were released Thursday morning following their bond hearings.

The assault took place on Indian Hut Road Tuesday. Video was posted to social media and was viewed widely, ultimately catching the attention of law enforcement.

At the first five defendants' bond hearings Thursday morning, the victim's mother shared concerns about the teens' charge-- saying it's only a third-degree crime-- which carries only a year-in-jail penalty if convicted.

The judge Thursday issued a no contact order for the first five defendants, which will be in place until their cases see trial.

Anyone who may have information about the assault is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 843-546-5102.

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