Powhatan woman abducted, robbed, and beaten

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A horrifying experience for a Powhatan woman: a stranger breaks into her home, beats her, kidnaps her, then dumps her on a Chesterfield Road.

One of the scariest new details we've learned is that police say this crime was random.

The victim, who's in her mid-50's is recovering at an area hospital. Her injuries include a broken arm, possible fractured skull, as well as cuts and bruises all over her body. The suspect, 29-year-old James Wolfe Senior, is behind bars facing a long list of charges.

The crime started around 10 p.m. Wednesday -- in the 2100 block of Academy Road in Powhatan. The sheriff's office says, Wolfe broke into the victim's home and used a blunt object to beat the woman inside. He also cut her with a knife, before setting the house on fire and kidnapping the woman.

Investigators say the suspect forced the woman to go to an ATM in Chesterfield and take out $400.

Neighbors are devastated and disgusted by the crime.

" It's shocking. It really is. It's too close to home," said Deborah Norviel.

The victim is described as a quiet lady who lives alone.

"You really didn't see a whole lot of her. From what I know she's a school teacher. Other than that we saw her come in and out to her car," said another neighbor, Dan Headley.

The entire ordeal lasted about an hour. It ended when the suspect pulled over along Route 60 in Chesterfield, opened the car door, and ordered the victim to get out of the vehicle.

When Powhatan resident Debbie Elam heard about the crime she tried to reach out and help.

"I want them to know there are many people that care that this bad thing happened to them,"  said Elam.

Wolfe has a lengthy criminal history.

According to court records in 2007 he was charged with possession of a firearm and reckless handling of a firearm. He's now facing several more charges including malicious wounding, arson, and abduction.

Police say, shortly after the attack Wolfe was seen at a Chesterfield convenience store purchasing gas -- he had blood on him.

Wolfe was later arrested in Amelia. Investigators found items belonging to the victim in his vehicle.

Wolfe is being held without bond. He's scheduled to appear in Powhatan court Friday morning.

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