SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - The Southampton County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the assault of an incapacitated man in the Franklin area.
On July 1, Phillip Everette, 67, was beaten in the head inside his home on Carter Street. Everette wasn't found until the next morning when a home health nurse came to his home.
After more than a week and extensive investigation into the assault and burglary, deputies arrested Everette's caregiver. Maj. Gene Drewery with the Southampton County Sheriff's Office said Erica Bradshaw, 31, of Franklin has been charged with attempted murder, burglary with the intent to commit murder and grand larceny.
Drewery told WAVY.com Bradshaw was the nurse who called deputies that morning.
The Sheriff's Office says on the night of July 1, Bradshaw broke into Everette's home, cut the power and phone lines, hit him on the head then robbed him of cash.
"I would say somebody to take advantage of a person like Mr. Everette in his condition, somebody that knew him, its right up there as one of the worse crimes I've seen," said Major Gene Drewery with the Southampton County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office said it was led to Bradshaw through anonymous tips as well as interviews.
"We're satisfied that we've made an arrest. My converstation with the family is they're satisfied we made an arrest also," added Major Drewery.
He said it's been his experience that most assault victims know their attacker.
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Bradshaw was arraigned in Southampton County General District Court Friday. She has another court date in September.
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