Man charged in assault that left 91-year-old in hospital

Published 5:30 pm Friday, August 12, 2016

Jose Mayse

Jose Mayse

A Roan Mountain man faces assault charges after police say he assaulted his fiancée’s elderly father resulting in the man’s hospitalization.
Officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jose Antonio Mayse, 27, of 283 Old Railroad Grade Road, Roan Mountain, on a warrant charging him with one count of aggravated assault and one count of domestic assault. The charges against Mayse stem from an investigation by the Elizabethton Police Department that began on August 4.
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Aug. 4, EPD Cpl. Matthew Taylor responded to a home on South Watauga Avenue after 911 received a call reporting an assault at that home. Upon his arrival at the residence, Taylor said he observed a 91-year-old man who was bleeding heavily from his nose and mouth and also saw a trail of blood on the front porch of the home.
Due to the man’s injuries, Taylor said he then spoke with the man’s daughter. The woman told Taylor that her fiancé, whom she identified as Mayse, had been at the home and was intoxicated.
“(The woman), who is pregnant, advised that Mayse attempted to attack her, (her father) then attempted to intervene,” Taylor said. “Mayse then shoved (the elderly man) to the ground. Mayse then kicked (him) in the face with his boot. Mayse then fled the scene.”
After emergency medical personnel arrived at the home, Taylor said he spoke with the elderly man, who confirmed the statement given by his daughter to the officer.
Due to the severity of the elderly man’s injuries he was transported to a local hospital by the Carter County Emergency and Rescue Squad.
“Mayse intentionally, and knowingly, injured (the elderly man) seriously enough to need immediate medical attention,” Taylor said. “Additionally, Mayse intentionally, and knowingly, caused (the woman) reasonable fear of bodily injury.”
On Friday, Mayse appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court where he was arraigned on the two charges against him.
During the court proceeding, Assistant District Attorney Mark Hill updated the court on the severity of the injuries suffered by the elderly man, who he said spent some time in the hospital’s intensive care unit and is now on a feeding tube as a result of the injuries.
Judge Keith Bowers Jr. increased the bond previously set for Mayse to a $25,000 corporate bond, which means in order to post bond Mayse would have to go through a licensed bonding agency. Bowers also ordered that Mayse have no contact with either victim or the victims’ family.
Bowers scheduled Mayse to return to court on Sept. 5 with his attorney.

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