Man charged with malicious wounding

WOODSTOCK – A Strasburg man faces a charge of malicious wounding after the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fight between him and another man.

Court records say Deputy Timmy Wakeman arrived at 12:40 a.m. Sunday at 9843 South Middle Road, Mount Jackson, to investigate a report of an assault at the residence.

A criminal complaint signed by Wakeman states that William Houston Rutz, 20, of 766 Milner Road, Strasburg, had attacked Matthew Murphy “on three separate occasions” within an hour. Wakeman reported that other people at the residence pulled Rutz off of Murphy after each assault.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said Murphy, 18, of Mount Jackson, was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital where the victim was treated for injuries to the head and face.

“He had some swelling and cuts,” Dellinger said of Murphy, adding that fists were the only weapons used in the fight.

Rutz appeared Tuesday in Shenandoah County General District Court where his bail was set at $5,000 secured bond. One of the conditions of bail requires him to have no contact with Murphy.

Rutz’s next court appearance is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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