Court docs: Homeless man charged after he slashed man with shard of glass at Eastern State Hospital

Staff Writer

A homeless man has been charged after he allegedly slashed another man at Eastern State Hospital.

Edward R Sykes, 42, has been charged with assault and battery and attempted malicious wounding, according to filings in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

On Jan. 12, James City County police were called to the mental hospital in the 4600 block of Ironbound Road for an assault, the court documents said.

When the investigating officer arrived, a witness or 911 dispatcher told him that Sykes entered a room and attacked a man with a piece of glass, according to the filings.

Sykes waved his arms in slashing motion and cut the victim’s face, the court documents said. A nurse was in the room at the time.

The victim was seen by medics and had superficial cuts on his face and neck, according to the filings.

After he attacked the man, Sykes walked to the common area of the facility and sat in a chair waiting for the police, the court documents said. The investigating officer found both Sykes and the shard of glass in the common area.

Sykes was served arrest warrants at 3:23 a.m. on Jan. 12 and booked at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail minutes later, according to court filings and jail records.

If convicted to the maximum extent of the law, Sykes could spend as much as 11 years in jail and pay a $5,000 fine. Sykes will next appear in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court on Jan. 29 at 8:31 a.m.

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