Shortly after 1 AM Saturday morning (Aug. 28th) officers from the Hickory Police Department responded to a hit and run in the parking lot of Party City on Catawba Valley Blvd SE. When officers arrived they located a male victim with serious injuries in the parking lot. The victim, identified as Jason Michael Foley, was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in critical condition.
Initial witness statements indicated that an altercation had occurred in the parking lot between multiple people. After the initial altercation the suspect, identified as Austin Wayne Edmonson, got into his vehicle and drove around the parking lot multiple times. Edmonson then drove toward a group of people striking Foley and three other individuals.
Officers were able to locate Edmonson and his vehicle a short time later behind a nearby business. At that time Edmonson was arrested and charged with Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and Felony Hit and Run. Edmonson was transported to the Catawba County Justice Center and held under a $35,000 secured bond.
On Monday (Aug. 30th) Foley died as a result of his injuries. Edmonson was then charged with First Degree Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Edmonson is currently being held in the Catawba County Jail with no bond. Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department 828-328-5551.