26-year-old tourist Anthony Hunter Challender is returning home to Williamston, MI, on a $6,000 bond and with a felony charge after a woman says Challender witnessed a man sexually assault her on Broadway in downtown Nashville, then crossed the street and beat the man’s head on the sidewalk where he once stood, slamming his head onto the concrete repeatedly, until he was unconscious.
Metro Nashville Police noticed an unconscious man on the sidewalk near 4th & Broadway just after 3 a.m. Saturday, with blood coming from his head. Statements were taken from multiple witnesses who all confirmed a man, later identified as Anthony Hunter Challender, was the man that knelt over the victim, Walter Eugene Sweat III, and held his hand in his bare hands and smashed it against the sidewalk repeatedly until he lost consciousness.
One of the witnesses further explained the entire situation, stating Challender had observed Sweat walk up to her and try to touch her hand and then touched her breast. She states Challender ran from across the street and attacked the man, due to observing his unwanted touching of the woman without any notice or delay. When attempting to take Challender into custody, he fled from officers for about two blocks.
Anthony Hunter Challender was booked into the Metro Nashville jail, charged with felony aggravated assault with serious injury and evading arrest. He is free on a $6,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court in July.