Skateboarder accused of vicious assault
A seemingly unprovoked attack from a skateboarder at a local retailer Wednesday night has left one employee in critical condition and a local teenager potentially facing up to life in prison.
William Sweet Heart III, 18, appeared in Comanche County District Court Thursday afternoon and learned he had been charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon for striking Christopher Randolph a Wal Mart cart-pusher in the back of the head around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheridan Road store.
Comanche County Assistant District Attorney Rande Worthen asked the judge to set bond at $30,000, due to the victim's condition.
"We are concerned about this turning into a fatality," Worthen said.
According to police and court records, Heart was apprehended at the scene, 1002 N. Sheridan, by a security officer who reported seeing the suspect try to leave the scene. When police arrived, Heart allegedly admitted to police that he whacked Randolph with his skateboard but gave a different version of events than other witnesses provided.
An affidavit said Heart told police Randolph almost hit him with a cart the victim had been moving, so the two started exchanging words. Heart said Randolph was "aggressive and told him to go away," so in retaliation, he struck the man in the head with his skateboard.