Man arrested for beating elderly woman, setting house on fire

Wendyll Troy Brownie (Henrico Co.)

HENRICO Co., Va. (WSET) -- Police say a man is facing charges of attempted murder in the beating of a 78-year-old woman.

Investigators announced the arrest of 39-year-old Wendyll Troy Brownie for an incident that took place Friday.

Officials say firefighters responded to a structure fire around 5:30 a.m. Friday morning.

They say crews went inside and found the woman badly beaten. Paramedics took her to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Witnessed shared that her face was bloodied and swollen.

Police say it appeared someone had broken into the woman's home in a robbery attempt and also set the house on fire.

A neighbor shared that the woman told him she caught a young man peeping into her home earlier this week.

According to officials, the suspect lives on the same block as the victim.

The woman's identify has not been released at this time.

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