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Two attacked in Fredericksburg’s Central Park

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A Chesterfield County man was arrested by Fredericksburg police early Sunday after police said he bashed two men in the head with a Mason jar containing moonshine.

The incident occurred about 1:45 a.m. at a party at the Hospitality House at 2801 Plank Road in Central Park, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. Two of the party-goers, a 37-year-old Spotsylvania County man and a 22-year-old Woodbridge man, reported that they were standing outside one of the rooms when a man they didn’t know approached holding a glass jar of moonshine.

The man was staying in the hotel but was not initially associated with the party, Bledsoe said. At some point, a discussion turned into an argument, and both victims were struck with the jar.

The Spotsylvania victim was knocked out cold, and the other victim suffered a severe head laceration.

Bledsoe said there were a number of people around, but no one reported seeing the blows being struck. The witnesses said that when they turned around, their friends were on the ground bleeding profusely.

Witnesses initially thought the victims had been stabbed, but that was not the case, police said.

Both men were taken to Mary Washington Hospital and the one who had been unconscious was placed in intensive care. He was able to talk to police later, Bledsoe said.

The suspect, 35-year-old Warren Hovermale, was found a short time later walking along a nearby street in Central Park. He was charged with two counts of malicious wounding and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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