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Deputies: Virginia man assaulted 3 people due to their race

Deputies: Virginia man assaulted 3 people due to their race
This booking photo provided by Orange County sheriff’s office in Virginia. shows Edward Halstead. Deputies in Virginia say Halstead assaulted three people because of their race. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the scene by Halstead of Locust Grove, Va., on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. After interviewing witnesses, deputies determined that Halstead was the aggressor. (Orange County sheriff’s office via AP)

LOCUST GROVE, Va. (AP) — Deputies in Virginia said a white man who called to report an assault turned out to be the aggressor, and has been charged with attacking three people because of their race.

Authorities responding to a call from Edward Halstead in Locust Grove on Tuesday night “interviewed several people and determined that the caller was in fact the perpetrator of assault and battery on three individuals,” the Orange County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

Halstead, 53, was booked into a regional jail on charges including attempted strangulation and three counts of felonious assault and battery due to the victim’s race. The statement didn't provide information on the race of the victims.

It was not immediately clear if Halstead had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

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