Police investigating cuts found on man

FRONT ROYAL – Town police are continuing to investigate the circumstances under which a man found bleeding on East Main Street on Thursday had been cut several times.

The victim, identified as Willie Jenkins, 34, was released from Warren Memorial Hospital in the afternoon after he had been transported there hours earlier.

Police Chief Norman Shiflett said in a written statement that officers were called to the area of East Main Street across from the gazebo to answer a 911 report of a fight between two men, one of whom was later identified as Jenkins.

Shiflett said evidence indicated that Jenkins was cut before the fight. No arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon, and police were continuing to interview witnesses.

Detective Zach King said in an interview that police were still investigating how Jenkins received the cuts. King said police had not ruled out that the cuts were self-inflicted.

“At this point, I would say we don’t know where the cuts came from,” King said.

King said Jenkins was conscious when police reached the scene, but his wounds had left a significant amount of blood on the pavement.

“It appeared one male was holding our victim down, and that’s another of the things that happened that we’re still looking into,” King said.

King said Jenkins’ wounds, on his arm and stomach, appeared “somewhat minor” and had reopened after being inflicted in the earlier, unspecified incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact King at 636-2208 or at zking@frontroyalva.com.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com