Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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Roanoke police investigate 4 assault cases

In one incident, a 95-year-old woman was found beaten in her Roanoke home.

Roanoke police are investigating four separate assaults that happened Sunday and Monday.

>> A 95-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after police found her beaten Monday night, according to police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson.

About 9:20 p.m., police arrived at a residence in the 4200 block of Belle Aire Circle and found the woman injured. She was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The woman's 37-year-old nephew also was taken to Roanoke Memorial. Police are not commenting on the motive of this assault, but a warrant has been obtained for the 37-year-old, Johnson said.

>> Also on Monday, a 19-year-old was shot.

About 5 p.m., Roanoke police found James Edward Merit of Roanoke shot in the 2300 block of Clifton Avenue. Merit has not been cooperative with investigators and was treated at the scene by Roanoke Fire-EMS, Johnson said. Merit declined to be taken to the hospital, she said.

>> Early Sunday, a 49-year-old Roanoke man was stabbed.

About 1:15 a.m., Reginald Bernard Jones told police he was stabbed during a fight with an acquaintance that occurred in the 2900 block of Shenandoah Avenue.

Jones told police he drove to the 4900 block of Rowe Ridge Road and called 911. He was taken to Roanoke Memorial.

>> Also on Sunday, a Roanoke police officer found that a 28-year-old man had been stabbed.

Matos Coric of Roanoke told police he was stabbed during an altercation involving a group of people in the 100 block of Jefferson Street.

No arrests have been made in any of the four assaults.

Police ask that anyone with information should call the police department at 853-5959 or Crime Line at 344-8500. Crime Line may offer a monetary reward for any information leading to an arrest.

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