Man arrested for alleged assaults with baseball bat

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SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin County man was arrested earlier this week for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and his sister’s boyfriend with a baseball bat. 

According to the arrest citation, Salyersville Police Department Officer Tracy Salyer was dispatched to Auxier Branch on Dixie Avenue on Saturday, October 7, in reference to a female walking covered in blood. 

Upon his arrival, he found a man limping and walking down Auxier Branch. The man told Salyer that Benjie Salyer had hit him with a baseball bat, but said he did not want to press charges because he feared what “he might do to him.”

Law enforcement found the female at a house on Back Street, and she told police she had been walking from a home on College Heights, through the cut through to Auxier Branch when someone came from behind and hit her with a blunt object. She reported that her vision got really blurry, and when she was able to get back on her feet she ran to the home where police located her.

The female victim told Officer Salyer that she did not know who her attacker was.

In the arrest citation, Salyer noted that her ear was nearly severed, she had a knot on the top of her head and one on the back of her head, a laceration on the top of her head, and scrapes on her legs. She reportedly was transferred from Paul B. Hall Medical Center to Pikeville Medical Center to be treated for a brain bleed. 

Several witnesses pieced together the story for police, with all accounts pointing towards Salyer as the attacker for both victims, according to the citation.

On Tuesday, October 10, Officer Salyer executed the warrant on Benji Salyer, who when asked if he wanted to give an interview, he told police he needed some time to remember what happened on Saturday. After thinking approximately 30 to 40 minutes, he told law enforcement his mind was foggy and he needed to think a while. He denied having anything to do with either assault. 

Benjie C. Salyer, 42, of Elam Street, Salyersville, is facing two charges of first and second-degree assault, Class B and C felonies. He is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, with a pretrial conference scheduled for October 30 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.