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Homeless Man in Charlottesville Faces Attempted Murder Charge

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A homeless man is facing an attempted murder charge, following an incident along Charlottesville's downtown mall.

Police say 23-year-old Samuel Erik Wheless is also facing charges of sexual battery and brandishing a firearm, among others.  He is originally from Laurel, Maryland.

About 8:15 Monday night, a female victim said Wheless inappropriately touched her.  The victim's friend confronted Wheless and police say Wheless pulled out a gun and pointed it at him.

Wheless did not have bond set, and is in custody at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

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