Man arrested for Stafford Co. hotel employee’s assault

WASHINGTON — Officials arrested a man who they say assaulted an employee of a Stafford County hotel last month.

On Dec. 28, Stafford County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford, Virginia, after a call about an assault on a staffer by a hotel guest.

Officials arrived to find a hotel maintenance worker with cuts and bruises. The victim had several cuts on his face, a swollen nose and ripped clothes, according to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim told the responding deputy that a man, later identified as 18-year-old Lazarus Wilson, was trying to get into one of the rooms and was banging at the door and screaming. The victim told officials he instructed Wilson to visit the front desk to get into a room, and that’s when the suspect used the victim’s radio to beat him.

The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment, said Amanda Vicinanzo with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

A broom or squeegee-wielding Wilson also chased other members of the cleaning crew down the hall, Vicinanzo said.

“They hid in one of the hotel rooms and told deputies they were afraid they could have been assaulted by the suspect,” Vicinanzo said in an email to WTOP.

Wilson left the hotel following the assault, and was located by deputies walking southbound on Jefferson Davis Highway. He was arrested after he provided false identification.

Upon investigation, officials found Wilson was wanted out of Prince William County and Stafford County on several charges including assault on a law enforcement officer, animal cruelty, possession of marijuana, and destruction of property.

Wilson is being held without bond at Rapphannock Regional Jail because of a warrant out of that county. He is charged with assault and battery, disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice, false identity to a law enforcement officer, and identity theft to avoid arrest.

Below is a map with the location of the assault:

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