Monday, December 11, 2023

Police: Man arrested for assault, victim defends self with walking cane

Samuel Haywood (Courtesy VPRJ)
Samuel Haywood (Courtesy VPRJ)

A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with simple assault after getting into a fight with an acquaintance in the 100 block of Townley Court early Christmas morning, police said.

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a fight in progress at a residence around 1:25 a.m. Dec. 25, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Dennis Ivey said.

When deputies arrived, they found Samuel Haywood, 27, outside a residence standing on a sidewalk, Ivey said.

Another man, a 57-year-old, came out of the residence agitated and told police Haywood had assaulted him, Ivey said.

According to reports from the men, they had been inside a residence, where they began an argument, which escalated to a verbally abusive situation and then a physical fight, Ivey said. Haywood allegedly shoved the older man onto a couch to gain control.

During the fight, the 57-year-old man said he struck Haywood with his walking cane in self-defense, Ivey said.

The victim said he did not want to press charges on Haywood, but police arrested him and charged him with simple assault due to the evidence, Ivey said.

Haywood is scheduled to appear in the York-Poquoson General District Court Jan. 4 at 8:30 a.m.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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