Front Royal man charged with malicious wounding

Kevin Avery

FRONT ROYAL — A Front Royal man was arrested on felony charges after a fight at Royal Plaza on Tuesday morning.

Front Royal resident Kevin Andrew Avery, 25, is in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail after being charged with malicious wounding and malicious bodily injury by means of a caustic substance.

Front Royal police Sgt. Crystal Cline said officers arrived at the 400 block of South Street after a call came in at around 11 a.m. Tuesday about a fight that had broken out. She said Front Royal resident Mason Cullers, 24, had approached Avery while he was working in advertising gear for a nearby business.

“Mr. Avery works for Liberty Tax Service and he advertised for the business … he was working at the time, when he was confronted,” she said.

During the altercation, Cline said Avery sprayed Cullers with pepper spray and cut him with a red box cutter. She said the two had been arguing over social media before the confrontation occurred.

Both men were transported to Warren Memorial Hospital with injuries. Cline said that Cullers’ slash wounds were more significant, though still non-life threatening. She said Avery was taken directly to the jail and Cullers was released from the hospital.

Although Cullers approached Avery, Cline said that Avery was the predominant aggressor. Avery is scheduled to appear in Warren County General District Court on April 26. Because of the serious nature of the charges, she said there’s a presumption against bond in Avery’s case.

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