Fri Mar 27 05:06:04 PDT 2015
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FBI Arrests Mason Battles On Federal Felony Charges
Kim Allen

A man arrested for allegedly running over a woman at Hardridge Creek State Park near Eufaula last year now faces federal charges. Agents for the FBI arrested 23-year-old Mason Cole Battles on Monday morning, according to his attorney, Derek Yarbrough. According to Yarbrough, Battles is being charged with felony federal robbery and assault. Battles faces similar charges at the state level. FBI agents arrested Battles around 6:20 a.m. on Monday. Yarbrough says his client was released later in the day on a $25,000 unsecured bond. The two-count felony federal indictment charges Battles with attempting to steal a boat trailer at Hardridge Creek State Park on June 8, 2014. The indictment also charges Battles with causing serious physical injury during an assault to the owner of the trailer. Yarbrough says Battles plans to plead not guilty at the federal arraignment on March 31st. The Henry County Sheriff's Office arrested Battles and 20-year-old Judson Walton Buchanan on June 9, 2014, originally charging both with attempted murder and first degree robbery. A Henry County grand jury returned an indictment charging Battles and Buchanan with felony first-degree assault and armed robbery. Battles is the son of Houston County Commissioner Jackie Battles.

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