Richlands man arrested after alleged beating

Local - 12/5/2013 10:25 AM by Nadine Grimley
RICHLANDS - A Tazewell County man was booked in jail on a felony charge after investigators said he severely beat a woman following an altercation.

Joshua Vandyke, 29, of Richlands, was arrested Wednesday after police said he beat Candace Honaker, 55, of Richlands, at a residence on Roberts Street Tuesday night after they got into a disagreement.  Investigations Sgt. Jerry Gilbert said that Dustin Smith, 25, of Castlewood, was able to get Vandyke off of Honaker, but he too was assaulted in the process.  Gilbert said Honaker was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment on severe head injuries.  She was released Wednesday.

Vandyke was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, a class two felony, as well as assault and battery.  He's being held in the Tazewell County Regional Jail without bond.

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