Arrests made in assault
Both suspects arrested in nearby county, held without bond
HOPEWELL — Police responded to the 1900 block of Warren Ave. at about 12:17 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 by a woman screaming for help and bleeding heavily from her face and head.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the woman had been in the area to look at renting an apartment when she made contact with two people, later identified as Michael L. Brunson, age 35 of Prince George County, and Christine Holliday, age 32 of Petersburg.
According to official reports, the victim was acquainted with one of these individuals. When Holliday attempted to steal the victim’s phone, the two women got into a physical altercation. Then, Holliday and Brunson both assaulted the victim, robbed her and fled the area in a vehicle.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene to assist the victim who was subsequently transported to John Randolph Medical Center for further treatment. As of Monday, she continues to receive treatment at a local hospital to recover from her injuries.
Warrants were subsequently issued for the suspects for Robbery and Malicious Wounding. Shortly after the attack, the suspects were arrested in Colonial Heights on unrelated charges as well as the outstanding Hopewell charges.
They are currently being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail pending arraignment.