Asheville -- September 22, 2022: Wednesday evening, Asheville Police Department Patrol Officers arrested a man for hitting another man with a baseball bat and attempting to torch his tent
while he was inside. The suspect fled when the police arrived, but was quickly apprehended after a concerted search by Patrol Officers.
Last night at approximately 9:00 p.m., APD officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Tunnel Road to investigate a civil disturbance at a nearby campsite. The victim reported that a man attacked him with a baseball bat, doused him and his tent with lighter fluid while he was inside, and attempted to set his tent ablaze.
Jason Porter (03/07/1988) was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Kill, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Second Degree Trespassing, Resist, Delay or Obstruct, and Assault on a Government Official. He was transported for medical evaluation to Mission Hospital.
The victim was provided with medical care by the Buncombe County EMS.
Investigators request that anyone with additional information about this case contact APD by texting TIP2APD to 847411 or by using the TIP2APD smartphone application (search "Asheville PD" in your app store). Additionally, you can reach APD at (828) 252-1110.
WNCTIMES by Marjorie Farrington