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Man attacked in Fredericksburg, then jailed, police say
By KEITH EPPS
Friday wasn’t a great day for 24-year-old Edwin William Hall.
First he was hit in the head with a large rock, police said, causing a huge wound that required eight staples to close. Then he went to jail.
City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said Hall was bleeding profusely Friday about 4:30 p.m. when police caught up with him on Caroline Street in the area of Nader’s Grocery. According to the investigation, Hall had been under the railway bridge near the Sophia Street riverbank when he was assaulted a short time earlier.
The victim told police he had run into a guy he knew from jail and was under the bridge smoking cigarettes when he was attacked without provocation.
He gave police the first name of the suspect and said he had no idea what made the suspect angry.
Hall had traveled a couple of blocks when someone saw him and called the rescue squad. Rescue workers were treating Hall when police arrived.
Police learned that Hall was wanted in Stafford County for failing to comply with pretrial conditions set on charges there. He was arrested on March 17 on charges that include robbery, conspiracy and assault by mob.
He was free on bond when the failure to comply charge was levied on July 19, court records show. His preliminary hearing in Stafford is set for Oct. 25.
Before going to jail, Hall was taken to Mary Washington Hospital, where he received the staples in his head and one stitch in his right hand.
Bledsoe said the suspect in the assault on Hall was described as a white male in his 20s, 5 feet 1 inches tall and 165 pounds.