Two charged in Sunday Sterling assault
Two men were charged Sunday in connection to a Nov. 12 assault and stabbing in Sterling, according to the Loudoun County sheriff's office.
Manuel O. Rivera, 26, of Herndon, and Christopher A. Bryant, 21, of Sterling, were charged in the assault of a 17-year-old male from Sterling and a 20-year-old male from Ashburn, police said.
The two victims were approached by several men around 11:40 p.m. as they left a convenience store and returned to their car in Community Plaza, according to Kraig Troxell, Loudoun sheriff's spokesman. The group of men assaulted the victims and the 17-year-old was stabbed, police said.
The 20-year-old transported the 17-year-old to the emergency room at Reston Hospital, Troxell said, where police were contacted.
The 17-year-old's stab wounds were considered non-life-threatening but did require surgery, Troxell said. The 20-year-old did not receive serious injuries from the assault, according to police.
"We believe at this point that there was likely a dispute between one of the victims and one of the suspects involved," Troxell said. He added that possible gang affiliation has not been ruled out, but at this point there is no indication that the assault itself was related to gang activity.
Troxell said the assault remains under investigation and that there is a "strong likelihood" of further arrests in the case.
Rivera and Bryant both remain held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. They face misdemeanor and felony assault charges.
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