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Deputies: Virginia man assaulted 3 people due to their race

Deputies: Virginia man assaulted 3 people due to their race
Posted at 1:41 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 16:41:21-04

LOCUST GROVE, Va. (AP) — Deputies in Virginia say a white man assaulted three people because of their race.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook that 53-year-old Edward Halstead of Locust Grove called 911 because he had been assaulted.

But after interviewing witnesses, deputies determined that Halstead was actually the aggressor.

Sheriff Mark Amos said the victims are African American.

Halstead has been booked into a regional jail on charges including attempted strangulation and three counts of felonious assault and battery due to the victim's race.

It was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer who could comment for him.