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Deputies: Greenville Co. Councilman charged with assault after attacking bar manager with metal pipe

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Richard Stephen Roberts Jr. (Source: PCSO) Richard Stephen Roberts Jr. (Source: PCSO)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said a man was charged with assault after hitting the manager of the bar at Saluda River Yacht Club on Old Easley Highway, with a metal pipe.

The incident happened on October 4 around 6:30 p.m. 

Deputies said the victim told them Richard Stephen Roberts Jr. asked to speak to him privately outside the bar and then struck him in the right hip with a pipe.

The victim said Roberts is the brother of an employee at the car who had been issued a check that bounced.

The victim said he called the employee to the bar to discuss the matter and that Roberts accompanied her.

Roberts fled the scene before deputies arrived. Deputies said he turned himself in at the Law Enforcement Center on Thursday. He was charged with assault and battery 3rd degree and was released on bond.

FOX Carolina was able to confirm independently that Roberts Jr. serves on Greenville County Council. He is also pictured and listed as a Councilman on the Greenville County website

Beattie Ashmore, an attorney for Roberts, issued the following statement on Tuesday:

Rick Roberts turned himself in last Wednesday and was charged with a misdemeanor assault charge in Pickens county. He was released on his own recognizance.  He maintains his innocence and the charge was handed down some days after an altercation that occurred when he came to the aid of a family member. Neither Mr. Roberts nor the individual that made the complaint was actually harmed during the altercation.

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