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Two women charged in assaults
Two Fredericksburg women were arrested Saturday following a wild incident in which a young man was stabbed and another woman was severely beaten.
The incident took placed about 2:50 a.m. in the 800 block of Bellows Avenue in the Olde Forge subdivision in southern Stafford County, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said. Police initially responded to a call about a man being stabbed in the upper body.
Sgt. Rebecca Losiewski and Deputy Chris Neuhard, the first responding officers, found 10 to 15 people outside a home where two woman were attacking one woman. Kennedy said blood and hair extensions were on the ground near the women.
Losiewski ordered the attackers to stop, but they ignored the deputy and kept assaulting a 24-year-old woman on the ground. After they continued to ignore Losiewski, she used her Taser to subdue the two suspects.
Numerous Stafford deputies and officers from Fredericksburg and state police responded to assist with crowd control and the investigation, Kennedy said.
Deputy Matthew Flick knocked on several doors and eventually found the 19-year-old stabbing victim in a residence. He was taken to Mary Washington Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries to his upper body.
Kennedy said the investigation revealed that the woman who had been assaulted had come to an Olde Forge residence to visit the male victim.
Others were in the home as well when the two suspects came in and one of them attacked the man. The female victim ended up outside, where she was beaten and bitten.
Kennedy said it appears that one of the suspects had a prior relationship with the man and thought he was having a relationship with the female victim. The victims denied that was the case.
Ayesha Gannaway, 18, and Shana Carter, 20, both of Cowan Boulevard in Fredericksburg, were charged with assault by mob. Gannaway was also charged with two counts of malicious wounding.
Both were placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
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