Gastonia teen says he was followed home, attacked over 'bright headlights'

GASTONIA, N.C. — Neighbors in Gastonia are on alert after a brazen attack over the weekend was captured on security video.

Nineteen-year-old Nicholas Crawford told Channel 9 reporter Ken Lemon that two men attacked him early Sunday morning because of his headlights.

“What did I do to you? That’s what I want to know,” Crawford said about the attack.

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He said two men in a truck tried to run him off the road and then followed him to his house on Union Terrace, where they confronted him over his bright headlights and then attacked him in his driveway.

Crawford said he managed to escape and run inside as the two men tried to team up on him.

“I really don’t know how to feel about it, because I didn’t do anything to them,” Crawford said.

The attack, which happened just before 2 a.m., was caught on a neighbor’s security camera and posted to social media Tuesday morning.

Police are investigating and described the pair as "two people out driving around, looking to engage others in confrontation."

Police said about 15 minutes later, the same men confronted a 17-year-old driver on Little Mountain Road not far away.

They followed him until the young driver stopped.

The 17-year-old said they punched him and tried to pull him out of his car. He drove off and got away.

“These are a couple of people out driving around trying to stir up trouble,” Gastonia police Capt. Curtis Rosselle said.

Officers described the suspect vehicle as a black Jeep Wrangler with dark wheels.

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