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Fisticuffs followed by handcuffs for Stafford man

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A Stafford man has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding as the result of fights with a temporary roommate that left the roommate with a broken nose and other injuries, police said.

Stafford County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the incidents occurred Sunday but the suspect wasn’t arrested until Tuesday.

Kennedy said the 31-year-old victim had been temporarily staying at the suspect’s home on Musselman Road in Stafford and was attending a function there Sunday night. The men got into an argument over “past events” and the victim said he was punched and choked. He was also told to leave the residence.

The victim claimed that he returned to the house late that night because he thought chicken had been left on the grill. The suspect spotted him and attacked him, Kennedy said, knocking him to the ground and kicking him in the face.

A warrant was later obtained and a deputy spotted the suspect in the passenger’s seat of a vehicle Tuesday. He stopped the vehicle just after it turned onto Interstate 95 and took the suspect into custody.

Fred Amos Swick, 33, was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, a felony that carries a penalty of between 20 years and life in prison. He was also served a protective order barring him from being near the victim.

Kennedy said Swick’s version of the incident was different from the victim’s. Swick said he acted in self-defense, Kennedy said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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