A man was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted after his girlfriend's father lured him to a local Sonic restaurant in revenge for allegedly beating his daughter. Four men, including the father, have been charged in the beating and rape.
The victim was reportedly spending time with his girlfriend in Luka, Mississippi, when the young woman's father ordered her to return to her home in Parsons, Tennessee, according to WSMV.
The woman later called her boyfriend asking him to come pick her up at a Sonic drive-in restaurant in Parsons. When the young man arrived at the Sonic, however, he discovered that the call had been a trap.
Four men – Joseph Doyle, David Parrott, Cody Parrott and Mason Niece – were waiting at the at the restaurant to ambush the victim when he arrived. Doyle is reportedly the father of the victim's girlfriend.
Although the young man managed to escape from the restaurant and drive away, his assailants eventually caught up to him on Highway 412 outside Parsons.
After running the victim off the road, the four men administered a vicious beating. They also reportedly sexually assaulted the young man with a tree branch before leaving him for dead on the side of the road.
The severely injured victim was able to crawl a quarter of a mile to a nearby house to get help. It took him at least an hour to reach the house.
According to Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd, the man required some plastic surgery to his face and may potentially lose an eye.
"It was just by the grace of God he had enough strength to make it to somebody's house," Byrd added, WSMV reports.
Doyle has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, rape and especially aggravated kidnapping. Niece was also charged with attempted murder and kidnapping, while David and Cody were each charged with aggravated assault and aiding a kidnapping.
The four men reportedly planned the assault on the young man because the man's girlfriend told Doyle that her boyfriend had beaten her. However, she later admitted that she was lying.
Vigilantism has been on the rise in the U.S. over the past decade due to rising crime levels, according to The Trumpet. The number of so-called justifiable killings nationwide reportedly doubled between 2000 and 2010.