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Charles Town Police release sketch of suspect

October 11, 2002

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police are asking the public to help them identify one of two men who they believe beat a man in an apparent random attack at the intersection of First Avenue and Raymond Street on Sept. 6.

The 53-year-old victim was walking to get some exercise at about 11 a.m. when a car went by him at a high rate of speed, Charles Town Police Detective Steve Harris said.

The man, who walks with a limp, yelled for the men to slow down, Harris said.

The driver of the car went about a half block and returned, Harris said.

Harris said he thinks the two men knocked the man to the ground and kicked him in the head for about 30 seconds.

The victim had skull fractures, and was taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center, police said.

Police on Thursday released a sketch of the man who is believed to have been involved in much of the beating. He is described as being a black male about 6 feet tall and having a medium build, Detective John Jeffries said.

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Jeffries asked anyone who might be able to help police identify the man to call Charles Town Police at 304-725-2714.

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