Main Street Community Partnership
6:03 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

C-ville "Knockout" Story Goes National

A couple apparently brutally beaten while strolling the Charlottesville downtown pedestrian mall late on Dec 20 has been wondering why Charlottesville Police haven't publicized photos of the alleged assailants which the victims provided. 

The victims tell their story and show their photos in a C-ville article titled "Knockout: Victims of brutal Downtown Mall assault want arrests, and answers from police."  The C-ville article has gotten significant attention since being  picked up by global news aggregation website, the Drudge Report.  On Dec 30, the article was listed in the top right column of Drudge's leading stories under the headline, "No arrests in brutal 'knockout' attack on Christmas-lit downtown mall."

The attack on Jeanne Doucette and boyfriend Marc Adams left the latter with broken bones and a missing tooth. In the C-ville article, Doucette said, “I cannot understand why (the police) didn’t let people know what happened... (the) pictures might have prompted some tips.”  Reader comments on the article included some stories of similar attacks in Charlottesville and of seeing no arrests.   

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The Charlottesville Daily Progress reports that Charlottesville Police, ten days after the incident (ed. note: the day after the story went national), have decided to assign detectives to investigate the case and are also reviewing their own initial response. 

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