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Man charged in attack at Fredericksburg restaurant

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By KEITH EPPS

A Spotsylvania County man was jailed early Sunday after being accused of putting another man in the hospital by bashing him with a motorcycle helmet, police said.

The incident started late Saturday at Quaker Steak & Lube at 1300 Central Park Blvd., Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. Witnesses said the 40-year-old suspect pulled up on his motorcycle and had a confrontation with the 21-year-old victim, who several witnesses said was blocking traffic, police said.

After an exchange of heated words, the victim went to the back deck to talk to some friends.

Bledsoe said the suspect followed him there, and the two began arguing again. It wasn’t clear what they were arguing about, but at some point the suspect is accused of swinging his helmet, Bledsoe said, striking the victim in the head and face.

Bystanders intervened, Bledsoe said, and several of them were also hit with the helmet. None was seriously injured.

The dispute eventually moved into a bathroom, Bledsoe said, where the suspect confronted and assaulted a friend of the victim’s. Restaurant employees went into the bathroom and held the suspect down on the bathroom floor until police arrived, Bledsoe said.

The victim, a Spotsylvania man, was taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital, where he was placed in intensive care with severe head and facial injuries. The victim has since been taken out of intensive care.

Shilo Joe Keihn, 40, of Spotysylvania was charged with malicious wounding and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond. Bledsoe said police advised others hit by the helmet on how to obtain their own warrants.

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