FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - Police in Florence have made an arrest in the attack against a Shoals family as they left a Wilson Park event.
Isaiah Thornton is charged with third-degree assault and criminal mischief.
Kevin and Brandon Dawes were leaving the park June 5 when they said they were jumped.
During the physical altercation, Brandon's father, Kevin, was shocked by a Taser.
The two suffered various degrees of injuries; meanwhile, Kevin's wife Juli called for help from the family car, when someone broke out the vehicle's rear window.
Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler said Thornton will not be charged with a hate crime by his department. In a statement released Tuesday, Tyler explained:
Thornton, a resident of Florence, was arrested Tuesday. Chief Tyler said this is still an active investigation because others were involved in the attack.
There will be extra officers and security in place at future First Friday events, but says this incident should not deter anyone from going out downtown.
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