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Two men charged with beating friend, assaulting deputies

BY KEITH EPPS

Two young Stafford County men were arrested early Wednesday following a series of incidents that included breaking into a home, beating up another young man, being confronted at gunpoint and assaulting two deputies, police said.

Grant Reid Weber and Travis Christopher Milde, both 20, are charged with breaking and entering, conspiracy, resisting arrest, assault and battery and vandalism. Weber is also charged with assault on a law enforcement officer.

According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy, a home on Matthew Lane in southern Stafford was broken into late Tuesday. A man told police that he was getting ready for bed when he heard someone coming down the hall toward his 19-year-old son’s room.

The father said he saw Weber, who was a former friend of his son, and told him it was late and to leave.

Kennedy said the intruder continued into the son’s room and began beating the 19-year-old. He ignored the father’s repeated demands that he leave and continued fighting even after the father retrieved a handgun.

Meanwhile, a second intruder jumped on the father’s back as he was screaming at the other intruder. The gun fell to the floor during the skirmish, but the father regained control of the weapon and told police he accidentally fired off a round that struck no one.

The intruders left the home in Kendallwood Estates off White Oak Road at that point, and while fleeing pushed the 19-year-old’s mother across the hallway and into another room. The intruders had apparently broken out a back window to get inside.

Kennedy said he didn’t know the motive for the attack on the son.

Police were called and given the names of the two suspects, both of whom had gone to school with the younger victim. Deputies went to Milde’s home on Sebastian Road in the same subdivision. They saw him standing on the back deck.

They repeatedly ordered Milde to show his hands and come off the deck, Kennedy said, and he repeatedly told them to leave his property.

Deputies finally took him into custody after a brief struggle. He is the son of Aquia District Supervisor Paul Milde.

Weber came outside at that point, Kennedy said, and head-butted Deputy Jason Manes while being taken into custody. Police said Weber also tried to head-butt Deputy Thomas Grasso after being taken to the magistrate’s office before kicking the deputy.

Both men were placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond. They were arraigned Wednesday in Stafford General District Court, and a preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 24.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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