Store workers accused of racial attack

Cody Jackson Razor and Eddie Willard Jr. (Images courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

February 17, 2011 5:00:36 PM PST
Two employees of a Fayetteville tire store are accused in the beating of a customer that court documents characterize as a racially motivated attack on a black man.

Cody Jackson Razor, 22, and Eddie Willard Jr., 29, both of the 6900 block of Candlewood Drive, are charged with simple assault and ethnic intimidation.

Razor was listed as a laborer and Willard as a manager at Skibo Tires at 2170 Skibo Road.

Court records allege that Razor and Willard used their fists and feet to beat customer Ronald Parrish. The documents say they did it "because of his race and color."

Parrish told ABC11 Thursday that he tried to return a tire to the business Tuesday because he said it was defective. That resulted in an argument and Parrish claimed employees used racial slurs. The confrontation escalated until it got physical.

"Hit me on the side of my head. I hit him - tried to hit him back - and the owner grabs me and the other four just joined. They all just joined in and started kicking, stomping, punching at me," he said.

Parrish was treated for head, back, and chest injuries.

But Skibo Tires owner Michael McMillian - who's Razor's father - told ABC11 there was nothing racial about what happened. He said Parrish's actions sparked the confrontation.

"And he come towards me and was cussing and beating on the side of his truck with his hand, which sparked my son to think he was going to hit me. And I just had surgery and I've got an artificial tube running as an aorta artery and if that was to get busted open, of course, I'd bleed to death from it," he told ABC11.

But Parrish said he does believe the attack was racial.

"I didn't think they'd be that open about it. And I didn't think that it could happen, you know, over something as minor as a tire," he said.

Razor and Willard were free Thursday on $1,000 bond apiece.

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