Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Argument over loud music leads to felonious assault
On September 13 at 8:20 pm, officers responded to Forest Village Apartments for reports of two men fighting in a hallway. One of the subjects involved reportedly had the other subject in a choke hold. When officers arrived, the combatants were separated and a rescue squad was called to the scene. The subject who was the victim of the choke hold was checked by EMS personnel and he denied the need for transport to the hospital.
Based on the information provided by witnesses and the involved parties, Kevin Murrell, 31, of Orange was arrested for misdemeanor assault. Murrell is a police officer with the Colonial Beach Police Department.
The disagreement reportedly started when Murrell knocked on the victim’s door and asked him to turn down his music. This request turned into an argument, which escalated into a fight.
The next day, on September 14, the victim called 911 and requested an ambulance to take him to the emergency room for back pain. The medical examination revealed injuries that were not detected on the previous evening.
After consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the investigating detective obtained a warrant on Monday with an upgraded charge of felonious assault (18.2-51.6). Mr. Murrell was notified of the charge and he turned himself in this afternoon. He was arrested and subsequently released by the magistrate on his own recognizance.
Over the weekend, Mr. Murrell had obtained his own warrant against the other party involved in the fight charging him with assault and battery. Travis Cox, 22, of Fredericksburg was also arrested on Monday, September 17 and released by the magistrate on his own recognizance.