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Two suspects sought in Marshall Avenue fire; victim found tied to punching bag
SoVaNow.com / September 16, 2013South Boston Police on Monday afternoon issued an appeal for information on two potential suspects in the home invasion and fire that destroyed a Marshall Avenue residence in South Boston.
SBPD Captain B.K. Lovelace said police believe that two African-American men were involved in the attack, which took place around 1 o'clock Monday morning. The first suspect is described as being 6’0” tall and approximately 185 pounds. The second suspect was described as being 5’8” tall and weighing between 160-180 pounds. Both were wearing all-black clothing.
The owner of the home, South Boston restaurant owner Josh Hollandsworth, suffered smoke inhalation and burn wounds but was released from the local hospital on Monday. The police report indicates he was also the victim of an attack prior to the fire.
The first officer to arrive at the scene, Corporal J.C. Berry, found Hollandsworth lying outside the residence, near the edge of the yard, tied to a heavy boxing punching bag. She was able to drag the victim and the bag to a safe location away from the burning house.
Hollandsworth is the owner of The Happy Oyster on Main, a new seafood restaurant in downtown. He was the only person at home when the fire started. Two other persons living there were away.
If anyone has information about this crime, contact Detective Redd with South Boston Police Department 434-575-4273 or Crime Line at 434-476-8445.
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