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Police: 18-year-old panhandler attacked by 60-year-old on I-81

Police said Victor Asher, 60, jumped out of a van and starting beating a teenage panhandler in Abingdon, Virginia Monday afternoon (Photo: Bristol, VA Jail)

BRISTOL, Va. (WSET) -- Police say an Abingdon man is in jail after beating a panhandler on the side of an I-81 exit ramp.

Victor Asher, 60, is being held on charges including assault on a police officer, domestic assault, malicious wounding, being drunk in public, disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, and illegal possession of a controlled substance.

According to police, a trooper was traveling on Old Airport Road when he pulled up to the intersection at I-81's Exit 7. The trooper looked over at the off-ramp to see a shirtless man jump from out of the passenger side of a utility van stopped at the light.

Police say the man, later identified as Asher, was armed with a wooden stick, about the size and width of a baseball bat, and began beating an 18-year-old panhandler standing on the side of the exit ramp at the intersection.

They say the trooper immediately ran to the victim's aid.

Police say it took several other troopers to take Asher into custody as he was extremely combative and refused to cooperate with commands.

Further investigation by officials resulted in the domestic violence charge against Asher for assaulting the adult female driving the Ford van. The female refused to be transported for treatment of her non-life threatening injuries.

The victim also refused to be transported for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries.

A police sergeant treated the victim to a meal and gave him a ride to the nearest bus station where he purchased him a bus ticket so he could get to a destination safely.

The incident remains under investigation.

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