Third arrest made in Blacksburg burglary, beating case
Another man has been charged with malicious wounding following an Aug. 1 burglary in Blacksburg that resulted in the arrests of two Virginia Tech students.
Corey Mercer, 22, was arrested Sept. 30 and also charged with entering a dwelling with the intent to commit larceny or another felony. According to the university registrar’s office, Mercer was enrolled at Virginia Tech in the spring of 2013 but is not currently enrolled.
Blacksburg police were called to the 1300 block of Giles Road at 2:58 a.m. on Aug. 1 for a burglary in progress, authorities have said. Upon arrival, officers found a victim of a beating. Police said the victim, who had been assaulted with a blunt object, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was treated and then released.
Brandon M. Gravett, 21, and Maxim Girshevitsky, 25, who were both Virginia Tech students, were arrested a short time later without incident.
According to search warrants filed in the Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, police responded on Aug. 1 after reports that two people had broken into two apartments, one of which belonged to Joshua Anthoni Price.
Price, 30, had been attacked and received “a number of injuries, including a severe cut to the face,” and an “abundance of blood” was found inside, according to the warrants.
Girshevitsky and Gravett have had previous social contact with Price, and Price had been paid to complete a drug transaction at Girshevitsky’s request, according to the warrants.
Another warrant filed in September stated that “additional investigation of this case since the incident date has led to the identification of additional suspects beyond Gravett and Girshevitsky.”
Mercer made statements to Girshevitsky’s roommate claiming that he had been at the scene and that Girshevitsky was not responsible, according to the warrant. Mercer told the roommate that Gravett committed the assault. Text messages were sent in which Mercer asked if he could apologize to Girshevitsky, according to the warrant.
Mercer was being held Friday at the Montgomery County Jail, according to online records. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 14.
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