November 22, 1995 in City

Suspect In Beating Surrenders To Police Second Man Also Sought In Kidnapping, Assault

By The Spokesman-Review
 

One of two men accused of torturing a 19-year-old Davenport man by beating him and throwing darts at him surrendered Tuesday.

Jason C. Marquez, 19, of Davenport was released without bail until he is arraigned next Tuesday on charges of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault.

Meanwhile, police continue to seek Free A. Green, 22, who is wanted on the same charges and is believed to be responsible for most of the violence against John Brown Jr.

Davenport Police Chief Phillips Robertson said Green and another man, who is not a suspect, fled to another state in Marquez’ car after the Nov. 12 assault on Brown. Robertson said Marquez reportedly abandoned his car to get away from Green and the other man after they threatened to rape him.

Marquez, who has no criminal record in Lincoln County, had his family send him a bus ticket to get home.

Brown said Tuesday that he blames Green for the 3-1/2 hours of torture he allegedly suffered at the hands of Green and his roommate Marquez and five juveniles who were there for a beer party.”As big as he is and as much as he is capable of, everybody there was really pretty afraid,” Brown said.

The attack came after a police officer was seen near the house. Many of the party-goers fled, including Brown. But the officer stopped him and gave him a report to fill out concerning an unrelated incident.

Brown said he returned to the house to report that the coast was clear, but he was accused of being a police informant. He said Green defended him at first, but was in a bad mood and turned against him.

He said Green beat him, repeatedly put him in a choke hold, tossed darts into his flesh and threw a small knife - a letter opener, police said - at his head. Brown said the letter opener passed so close to his head that it pinned some of his shoulderlength hair to the wall.

One of the darts buried itself deep into his shoulder, but reports that one struck him in a testicle were incorrect, Brown said.

Curiously, Brown said, the only thing that really hurt was the beating - particularly when he was clubbed in the back of the head and his back with a bar of soap wrapped in a towel. His worst injury apparently was a broken rib.

He said he feared for his life when the darts and the letter opener were hurtling toward his head as well as when Green choked him until he almost passed out. He said he twice pretended to be unconscious so Green would release him.

Green repeatedly said he intended to kill him, Brown said.

Like many of the others at the party, Brown said he was drunk.

Brown said a drunken 17-year-old girl “wacked out pretty good” and beat him on the head with a broomstick. He said he pretended to be asleep and snuck out when the others fell asleep about 6 a.m.

Police Chief Robertson said the only juvenile to be charged so far is a 14-year-old boy. The boy grew up in Davenport but claims to be a member of the drug-dealing Crips gang, which has expanded to the Spokane area from Southern California.

, DataTimes


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