Madisonville Police investigating assault at gas station

A Madisonville woman is taken to the hospital after she was assaulted at a gas station.

Police say it happened around 6:30 PM Wednesday at a Marathon gas station in the city's west side.

Madisonville Police say it happened at a parking lot at this gas station on West Noel Avenue. They say tips are already coming in nearly 24 hours after the incident.

Lt. Andy Rush said the woman, who was in her mid-twenties, told investigators she was trying to stop a fight in the parking lot, when more than one person punched or kicked her. The victim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and was released after several hours. Police say the woman worked at the gas station at the time.

"When she tried to step in and break up the fight, the problem was that some other people thought she was involved and then they began to throw her on the ground and kick her and beat her," says Lt. Rush.

"She'd obviously had been in a fight. She'd obviously had been attacked," adds Jacob Larkins of Madisonville, who said he walked up moments after the incident ended, and saw her injuries, and the clip police put on their Facebook page, which he said looked violent.

"She was bruised and bloodied and sore looking. And I asked her what had happened, and she said she had been attacked right here at the gas station," Larkins said.

Police say they're still piecing together the events leading up to the start of the fight before the woman intervened. Rush says he doesn't know if the victim knew the people involved. Investigators received several tips on the case through interviews and online messages, and are still interviewing other witnesses.

Anyone with information on the case can call Madisonville Police or Crime Stoppers of  Hopkins County.

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(This story was originally published November 8, 2017)


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