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Man savagely beaten by intruder, police say

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By KEITH EPPS

A Stafford County man was savagely beaten by a man who broke into his home Saturday morning and attacked him while he was sleeping, police said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the incident occurred at a home on Graham Street off State Route 3 in southern Stafford. The victim, a 32-year-old man, told Deputy Jake Redmond that he was asleep about 9:20 a.m. when the suspect entered his room, woke him up and hit him in the face with some sort of strap.

The victim was then picked up, slammed headfirst into a wall, struck in the head with a bottle and thrown onto the floor. He was then taken to another room, where the attacker choked him until two other men who live at the home intervened, police said. The intruder left the home at that point and took off in a pickup truck.

Kennedy said the victim suffered numerous cuts and bruises in the shoulder and head areas and was bleeding when Redmond arrived. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police were given the name of the suspected attacker and a vehicle description, and Deputy Chris Brown spotted the vehicle a short time later on River Road, several miles away. The suspect was taken into custody there without incident.

Anthony Michael Padilla, 26, of Spotsylvania was charged with breaking and entering and aggravated malicious wounding. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond. The aggravated malicious wounding charge carries a penalty of between 20 years to life in prison.

Kennedy said police got varying stories about what led to the assault, but it apparently had something to do with money.

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