Two Arrested for Attempted Murder in Roanoke

UPDATE 5:15p.m.

Roanoke County, VA - Roanoke County Police continue to investigate what led up to a man allegedly being strangled in his apartment.

Joshua DeHart and Elizabeth Wright are being held without bond in connection with the attack.

Investigators say the two suspects were, at one time, living in the apartment with the alleged victim.

That apartment is in the Pebble Creek community on Circle Brook Drive.

Police were called there Monday evening to find the alleged victim had been strangled.

While police would not comment on a motive charging both with attempted first degree murder, they say, fits the crime.

"The investigation determined that this had been planned prior to the incident itself so the investigators felt it was the appropriate charge," said Sgt. Dwayne Cromer with the Criminal Investigation Division.

In addition to attempted first degree murder charges, both face an abduction by force charge as well.

DeHart faces a third charge of strangulation.

Both have a preliminary hearing set for April 28th.

Both were assigned public defenders at their arraignment.


Roanoke County, VA - A Roanoke man and woman are in custody after police say they tried to strangle and murder the person they lived with.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Elizabeth Wright and 22-year-old Joshua Dehart Wednesday.

Police say around 7:30 Monday night they responded to an apartment on Circlebrook Drive in Roanoke for a domestic disturbance call.

They say the victim was able to escape from the apartment without serious injuries.

Both Wright and Dehart are charged with attempted murder and abduction, Dehart also has a strangulation charge.

They are both being held without bond.

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