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VA State Police stop drunk man from attacking a panhandler, then buy victim food and bus ticket

September 9, 2019


NEW AT 11 — AN ABINGDON MAN FACES MORE THAN A DOZEN CHARGES AFTER VIRGINIA STATE POLICE SAY HE BEAT A PANHANDLER. VIRGINIA STATE POLICE SAY TROOPER BEN DAVIS PULLED UP TO THE INTERSECTION AT INTERSTATE 81’S EXIT SEVEN. THAT’S WHEN HE SAYS HE SAW A MAN JUMP OUT OF THE PASSENGER SIDE OF A VAN STOPPED AT THE RED LIGHT TO BEAT THE PANDHANDLER WITH A BASEBALL BAT SIZED WOODEN STICK. TROOPER DAVIS RUSHED TO HIS AID. HE AND OTHER TROOPERS ARRESTED 60-YEAR-OLD VICTOR ASHER. THEY SAY ASHER WAS COMBATIVE, AND IT TOOK SEVERAL TROOPERS TO ARREST HIM ASHER FACES SEVERAL CHARGES, INCLUDING ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER, MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND BEING DRUNK IN PUBLIC. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE BRISTOL, VIRGINIA JAIL. THE PANHANDLER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF WHAT POLICE CALLED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. VIRGINIA STATE POLICE SAY ONCE HE WAS RELEASED, SERGEANT TONYA ATWELL BOUGHT THE TEENAGER A MEAL. A TROOPER THEN GAVE HIM A RIDE TO THE NEAR BUS STATION AND PURCHASED HIM A BUS TICKET.

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