Weatherford Democrat

May 23, 2013

Second arrest made in baseball bat beating


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE



A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the Monday beating of a man who, deputies say, stopped along the highway to help a man he believed to be in trouble.

Nathan William Winkle, 21, was arrested Wednesday on a third-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence after, a Parker County sheriff’s investigator says, Winkle got rid of the bat used in the beating.

According to the sheriff’s office, witnesses reported that aggravated assault suspect Gray Shadow Taylor, 22, was walking down the middle of Mineral Wells Highway near his apartment around 9 p.m. Monday causing numerous vehicles to take evasive action to avoid striking him.

A passenger in one of the vehicles that swerved, Robert Rubio, reportedly got out and went to see if there was an emergency, according to Investigator Ricky Montgomery. However, Taylor reportedly brandished a baseball bat and struck Rubio as he walked towards him.

Rubio was struck on the head, arm and leg and fell the ground bleeding before being transported to the hospital for his injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. His condition Thursday was unknown.

Winkle reportedly told a deputy that Taylor brought the bat back to Winkle and told him to toss it because Taylor’s fingerprints were on it.

Winkle allegedly threw the bat into a ravine behind their residence.

Winkle posted bond $10,000 Thursday and was released from the Parker County Jail, according to jail records.

The Democrat was unable to reach Winkle for comment.

Taylor remained in the Parker County Jail Thursday with bond set at a total of $80,000 on an aggravated assault charge, according to jail records.