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Man accused of beating woman at homeless camp

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A man living in a campsite was arrested Friday after being accused of brutally beating a woman the previous night, Fredericksburg police said.

The victim, a 44-year-old woman, had been recently living with the man at the camp frequented by the homeless near Interstate 95 and Plank Road, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

She showed up at the Best Western motel at about 11 p.m. Thursday bleeding and with bruises and lacerations all over her body, especially on her head and arms.

She checked into a room and told the clerk that she had been assaulted. The clerk called police and the woman was eventually taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital, Bledsoe said.

The woman told police she was beaten during a dispute. Bledsoe would not elaborate on the circumstances.

The victim gave police the name of her attacker and described the campsite in detail.

Officers went there shortly after talking to the victim, but were unable to find the man then. They returned to the campsite about 9:30 a.m. and took the suspect into custody.

Steven Wayne Harley, 55, of no fixed address was charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault and battery. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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