Suspect surrenders in Sullivan camp ground near-death beating - KMOV.com

Suspect surrenders in Sullivan camp ground near-death beating

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Joshua Lueken, 32, is charged with second-degree assault, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution after police say he assaulted a Cuba, Missouri man at Arapaho Camp Ground in Sullivan, Missouri. By Eric Lorenz Joshua Lueken, 32, is charged with second-degree assault, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution after police say he assaulted a Cuba, Missouri man at Arapaho Camp Ground in Sullivan, Missouri. By Eric Lorenz

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Missouri (KMOV.com) -- A suspect accused of severely beating a Cuba, Missouri man at Arapaho Camp Ground in Sullivan has turned himself in to authorities, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.

Joshua Lueken, 32, turned himself in Thursday night around 11:30 p.m, authorities said.

He is charged with second-degree assault, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

Police said, the victim, Jeff Pemberton, was nearly beaten to death at the camp ground on May 23.  Pemberton was then left outside the emergency room door at Missouri Baptist Hospital.

The Franklin County Sheriff believes Lueken was upset over text messages Pemberton and a 13-year-old camper were exchanging.  Pemberton said he and the girl are nothing more than family friends, and detectives confirm that none of the texts were inappropriate.

Lueken is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

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