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Two more arrested in Sullivan County attempted murder

March 6th, 2014 10:22 am by Rain Smith

Two more arrested in Sullivan County attempted murder

Thomas Hopkins, 52, and Amber Stuart, 32. Mugshots courtesy of Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.

The final two of four suspects have been arrested in Sunday's alleged beating and attempted murder of a Sullivan County man.

Thomas Hopkins, 52, and Amber Stuart, 32, were apprehended Tuesday evening by officers with the Washington County, Va., Sheriff's Office. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports information was received that they could be at a residence on Sinking Springs Road in Bristol, Va., with police responding to locate Stuart. She's charged with aggravated assault.

Hopkins, who was wanted for both aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder, was located a short time later driving a vehicle. Washington County deputies conducted a stop and took him into custody.

The arrests of Stuart and Hopkins stem from the Sunday morning beating of a man at their Sullivan County home, 809 Wyatt Hollow Road. The victim also lived at the residence, with police saying Hopkins is the father of his fiancee.

At approximately 4:40 a.m. SCSO deputies were dispatched to the scene, east of South Holston Lake in the Cherokee National Forest. While en route they were flagged down by the occupants of a pickup, later identified as the victim and his fiancee.

An incident report says he had "visible injuries to his entire face" and was bleeding from his eyes, nose and lips. He was transported for medical treatment and hospitalized with serious injuries, while attempts to locate the suspects at the residence were unsuccessful.

Investigation revealed that an argument at the home led to the assault, with the victim allegedly choked, kicked, punched, bitten and struck with a baseball bat. On Tuesday night police located two of the suspects at their neighboring residence, 793 Wyatt Hollow Road.

At that time Brian White, 33, and Christina King, were arrested without incident, each charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

Hopkins and Stuart were transported to the Southwest Virginia regional Jail in Abingdon following their arrests on Wednesday evening. As of Thursday morning they were awaiting extradition to Sullivan County.

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