ASHLAND Two Ashland men are in custody after being accused of pistol-whipping a man early Saturday in the 300 block of 24th Street.

The investigation into the assault led to a marijuana bust at the Winchester Inn, according to Boyd County District Court records.

Ian Holcombe, 19, and 20-year-old Marcus D. Kirk were arraigned Monday on second-degree assault charges, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces, first offense, and tampering with physical evidence. Holcombe was housed at the Boyd County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond, while Kirk was being held on a $1,000 bond.

The victim reported the incident at 1:12 a.m. Saturday, according to a criminal citation.

The victim told police Holcombe struck him across the face with a pistol while Kirk threatened him, the citation states. Witnesses told Ashland Police they saw the pair carry a backpack into a room at the Winchester Inn, located in the 2200 block of Winchester Avenue. When asked by police, the men said they didn’t know anything about a gun or the whereabouts of the backpack, according to court records.

Police received permission from the renter of the motel room to search it, the citation states. Officers found the back inside the room, police said. The suspected pistol, marijuana and a large amount of cash were found inside the room, records show.

The assault and marijuana charges are class A misdemeanors, punishable with up to a year in jail. Tampering with physical evidence is a class D felony, punishable with between one and five years in prison.

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