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Deputies: Virginia man assaulted 3 people due to their race

Posted at 10:33 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 10:33:37-04

LOCUST GROVE, Va. -- Deputies in Virginia say a white man assaulted three people because of their race.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the scene by 53-year-old Edward Halstead of Locust Grove on Tuesday night.

After interviewing witnesses, deputies determined that Halstead was the aggressor.

Authorities did not provide information on the race of the victims.

Halstead has been booked into a regional jail on charges including attempted strangulation and three counts of felonious assault and battery due to the victim’s race.

It was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer who could comment for him.