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Richard Bernard Spears and Malcolm James Stevenson

Richard Bernard Spears and Malcolm James Stevenson

Richard Bernard Spears and Malcolm James Stevenson

Richard Bernard Spears and Malcolm James Stevenson

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.  (WCAV)–There were new developments Wednesday in the investigation of a “knockout game” style attack on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

Police were called to the Downtown Mall shortly before 2 a.m. on Dec. 20th to investigate a report of a unconscious man near the Blue Light Grill. A woman at the scene told officers she and another man were attacked by three African-American men.

Charlottesville Police have charged 25-year-old Malcolm James Stevenson and 23-year-old Richard Bernard Spears, both of Charlottesville, with assault.

Both Stevenson and Spears turned themselves in to a detective at the Charlottesville Police Department, where they were released on a permitted warrant.

Their first court appearance is scheduled for February 5th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m..