Police: Employee attempted to sexually assault woman at business

Police: Employee attempted to sexually assault woman at business
Charles Henry Austin III (Source: Stafford County Sheriff’s Office)

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - A man is facing several charges after police say he attempted to sexually assault a woman at a business in Stafford County.

Deputies were called to the 400 block of Garrisonville Road around 8:37 p.m. on Friday.

When deputies arrived, they found a 27-year-old victim who told them she went into East Coast Vapers around closing time. While inside, an employee pointed a firearm at her and attempted to sexually assault her.

She managed to escape and called deputies.

Charles Henry Austin III, 31, of Stafford, is charged with attempted rape, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, abduction, aggravated sexual battery, brandishing a firearm and assault and battery.

He is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

Deputies continue to investigate.

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