Man arrested for assault, strangulation of woman in Hopewell

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HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A woman is dead after she was assaulted and strangled by a man who Hopewell Police says, is now in custody.

Officers were called to the area of East Broadway and East Marks Street just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived, they found a man on top of a woman. According to police, the victim died at the scene after being strangled to death.

Police told 8News the incident happened in the neighboring apartments.

Justin summer, who lives in the area, told 8News “I would really like all the violence to stop.”

Police said the man was taken into police custody shortly after arriving on scene. No information has been released on the suspect or victim at this time.

Hearing about the events that took place Tuesday afternoon, Summer said it was unfortunate.

“My mama always told me never lay your hand on a woman and I believe it’s dead wrong and anybody that does it deserves consequences, sometimes worse than others,” Summer said.

As for the heavy police presence in the area, Summers says police scenes like Tuesday afternoon are being all too common.

“Honestly every day, I would say that every where I moved out here there’s nothing but violence.”

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for updates.

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