A Great Bend man told police he pulled from a car, beaten, and then driven into the country late Saturday. At 5 a.m. Sunday, the car he was driving was found burning on an oil lease road north of Great Bend. The Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating.
Charles McHenry III was reported missing at 7 a.m. Sunday, and he contacted the police shortly after 11 a.m. According to Detective David Bailey at the GBPD, McHenry said he was driving home from a residence on 16th St. sometime between 10:30 and 11 p.m. on Saturday.
“He was driving south on Heizer, the car window was down and he was listening to music,” Bailey said. “He remembered being hit on the side of his head.” McHenry told police he was dragged from the car and beaten by at least three people. He lost consciousness and woke up in the back seat of the car he’d been driving. He fought with the people in the car and was knocked out again; when he woke up the car had stopped in a field. After another struggle he was able to run away.
Bailey said McHenry wasn’t able to provide a description, but the investigation is continuing.
The car was found on fire in the 100 block of North Washington Ave. Someone called 911 at 5:05 a.m. Sunday to report a “huge fire,” possibly from a car wreck. The caller could hear a horn honking.