UNION, Mo. (KMOX)-A Sullivan man has been charged in connection with last weekend’s severe beating of a Cuba, Missouri man at a Sullivan area campground.
32-year-old Joshua Lueken is charged with 2nd degree assault, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence.
Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke tells KMOX that Lueken is “the main suspect” in the beating of 32-year-old Jeffery Pemberton, but others could be charged, “We’re still interviewing people who are potential witnesses. There is still work to be done in that area.”
Toelke says Lueken has retained an attorney. Investigators have talked to him but he has not surrendered and remains at large.
Pemberton was punched, kicked, hit with a pipe and tied to a chair and beaten at the Arapaho Campground Saturday. He was then dropped off at a hospital.
Toelke says Lueken accused Pemberton of having inappropriate contact with a 13 or 14-year-old girl. He says investigators are talking with the girl and her parents.