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Man accused of biting neighbor

By Staff | Sep 22, 2010

A Friendly man was arrested on Sept. 15 after he allegedly broke into a neighbor’s home and bit his face.

Harry Strudwick, 69, of Friendly, allegedly gained unlawful entrance into the residence of a 70-year-old man for the purposes of attacking him. He is charged with felonious malicious assault and felonious daytime entering without breaking.

According the Trooper First Class S.R. Curran of the West Virginia State Police, Strudwick attacked the victim while he was sleeping and is accused of biting the victim’s face.

The victim suffered significant facial injuries as a result of the attack. He transported himself to Sistersville General Hospital for treatment of a bite wound.

A State Police investigation was conducted at the suspect’s residence which uncovered evidence that Strudwick had in fact attacked the victim. The investigation also revealed that Strudwick believed the victim had caused him financial difficulties in the past and that is believed to be the primary motive for his attack on the victim.

Strudwick was arrested at the Sistersville General Hospital and transported to the Northern Regional Jail. He has been arraigned by the Tyler County Magistrate’s Court and is awaiting trial on these allegations.

Strudwick’s bond was set at $100,000.