Man’s bond in alleged attack is set at $50,000
Posted: October 30, 2012
The Winchester Star
WINCHESTER — A city man was given a $50,000 secured bond Monday for allegedly robbing and maliciously wounding another man at a local residence Sunday.
Vance William Richer, 20, of the 100 block of East Pall Mall Street, remained at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center as of Monday evening, according to a jail official.
He is charged with robbery and malicious wounding, according to a criminal complaint in Winchester General District Court.
The complaint states that an officer responded to James and South Loudoun streets around 8 p.m. in reference to an assault.
The victim — who was being treated by rescue squad members at that site — told police that earlier he was in the 100 block of East Pall Mall Street trying to retrieve personal property when he was attacked by two men.
The victim said that Richer was armed with a knife and told him he was going to cut him. At that time, another man walked into the room and closed the door, according to the criminal complaint.
That man held the victim down and he and Richer physically assaulted him, the complaint states.
Richer allegedly struck the victim in the face with closed fists to the point that the victim could no longer defend himself.
Afterward, the victim told police that Richer left with his two items, valued at about $50, the complaint states.
The officer at the scene noted that the victim had a swollen, black left eye and could not speak in complete sentences due to the swelling of his jaw area, according to the complaint.
The officer also noted that the victim could not open the left side of his mouth when speaking with him.
It is unclear what the two items Richer allegedly took are. It’s also unclear whether a second individual has been arrested in the alleged attack.
His next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in Winchester General District Court.
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