Incline Village business owner battered by homeless man
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Local business owner Virginia Jordan was attacked by an apparent homeless man on Monday, Aug. 15, after attempting to remove items from the front of her establishment and clean up trash around the area.
“I don’t wish anyone would have to go through this,” said Jordan a week after the assault.
The man who attacked Jordan was identified as Luke Russel, who was arrested after attempting to escape the scene of the crime on Tahoe Boulevard by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with two misdemeanors, including battery and destruction of property to another totaling $25-$250.
Russel was remanded to the custody of the WCSO with bail set at $1,000 cash only. He was still being held and was arraigned on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Jordan recalled coming to her place of work early Monday morning and noticed there was trash and a duffle bag in the front. After being told there was a man occupying the spot for most of the morning Jordan began to clean up the trash. When Russel returned, he got aggravated with Jordan for moving his trash and belongings.
“At that point, he came over, rushing me, and pushed me with both hands,” said Jordan.
After he pushed her to the ground, he began to get more aggressive with Jordan, climbing on top of her and continuing the assault. It wasn’t until witnesses and local bystanders began to inform Russel that the authorities had been called that he grabbed what he could with his duffle bag and fled the scene, according to Jordan.
A WCSO spokesperson said they couldn’t comment due to continuing judicial efforts.
“By the time he was running down Tahoe Boulevard, five sheriff cars came zipping up and he kept trying to fight the sheriffs and resisted arrest,” Jordan said.
Along with physically assaulting her, Jordan reported that Russel also destroyed her cell phone, resulting in the second misdemeanor. Her injuries included a concussion, multiple bruises, head contusions and swelling in her head.
“I’m a pretty strong person and overall this just wiped me out,” Jordan said.
In addition to physical damages, Jordan said the experience has forced her to examine the traumatic impact the incident has had on her mentally, which has caused sleeping issues and raised her anxiety to an all time high.
Jordan is currently signed up for the Washoe County Victim Assistance program, which will give her updates as to when Russel will be released from custody, as well as how she can testify and press charges when the time comes.
“I don’t have a problem pressing charges,” Jordan said.
Now, Jordan is focused not only on getting justice for her case, but also healing emotionally and physically.
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