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BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who authorities say leapt from a van and began beating a panhandler has been arrested.

The Bristol Herald Courier cites a state police release that says a trooper saw 60-year-old A. Victor Asher, who was armed with a wooden stick, beating an 18-year-old man who was standing on the side of an exit ramp around 12:35 p.m. Monday.

Police say it took several troopers to take Asher into custody because he was combative.

Charges against Asher include malicious wounding, being drunk in public, resisting arrest, illegal possession of a controlled substance and assault on a police officer. Asher was also charged with domestic violence because he’s accused of assaulting the woman who was driving the van.

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The release says both the woman and the panhandler refused treatment their injuries and a trooper then took the panhandler to the nearest bus station after buying him meal and bus ticket.


Information from: Bristol Herald Courier,