Man arrested after neighbors say woman was beaten, left in burning home

Man arrested after neighbors say woman was beaten, left in burning home
(Source: NBC12)
(Source: NBC12)

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A man has been charged with attempted murder after neighbors say a woman was found severely beaten in her home.

Firefighters raced to the house on the 100 block of North New Avenue, at 5:35 a.m. Friday, carrying the woman out on a stretcher.

"Our neighbor was beaten, unconscious," said one man who lives a few houses down, who asked not to be identified.

Henrico fire crews found a small fire outside of the home and smoke coming from inside the house. When crews entered, they discovered the woman and what appeared to be a crime scene.

She was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

During the investigation, police arrested and charged Wendyll Brownie, 39, with attempted murder. Brownie lives on North New Avenue in Highland Springs. Further details of his arrest are unknown.

"He's never been the type of person that I've seen to be violent," said the neighbor. "He'd be in yard, barbecuing, doing something back there in the yard working."

He said the victim is in her late 70s and lived in the house for decades. Witnesses tell NBC12 the woman's face was severely beaten, with her eyes swollen shut.

"They said her face was swollen up real bad. They said she was beaten bad. Whoever did it, beat her bad," continued the neighbor.

Fire marshals are investigating the cause of the fire and say they're not ruling out arson. Residents say police told them they suspect the situation was a robbery that turned violent.

"But you wouldn't think he was the kind of person that would do something like this," said the neighbor.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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