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Additional charges announced in Bedford County assault case
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Additional charges announced in Bedford County assault case

Bedford County prosecutors are filing additional charges of robbery and attempted rape against a man accused of attacking a real estate agent at an open house.

Dustin Robert Holdren, 34, of Roanoke County was arrested and charged with an initial count of aggravated malicious wounding after the attack was reported June 20 at Mariners Landing.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance announced the additional charges June 24. The move came after continued consultation with the sheriff’s office, he said, but no further details will be released until the case is heard in court.

Holdren is listed as being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 31.

He’s accused of attacking a woman with a blunt object, according to Bedford County investigators. The victim was able to call 911, and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

Laker Weekly does not name victims of suspected sexual assault without their permission.

The case, unusual for the region, has shaken the community and put renewed attention on safety measures for the real estate industry.

The sheriff’s office said the assault appears to have been an isolated incident, but it has stepped up patrols in the neighborhood and is working with the chamber of commerce to organize a safety task force with local real estate firms.

Management at Mariners Landing expressed condemnation for the attack in a news release sent out last week.

“We condemn this appalling attack and wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the victim and her family,” said Waller Perrow, president of Mariners Landing Development Company. “All of us here, as well as many we’ve heard from around the lake community, were shocked by the assault and are praying for a quick and complete recovery.”

Perrow said in the release that he has been in close contact with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office since the incident. They are currently working on ideas and solutions to further improve safety in the community, he said.

Teresa Grant with Keller Williams Lynchburg, a friend of the victim, created a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $150,000 to pay for medical costs. The Mariners Landing Development Company donated $5,000 to the campaign.

“While we can’t alleviate her physical and mental pain, we can offer financial support to help with immediate and ongoing medical costs,” Perrow said. “A number of real estate companies and agents from around Smith Mountain Lake have made generous contributions, which is heartwarming and so appreciated.”

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