Vinton man arrested in the abduction, strangulation & stabbing of local woman

Willard Hale - Courtesy of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office
Willard Hale - Courtesy of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

BEDFORD COUNTY (WSLS 10) - A Vinton man is being held without bond after deputies say he viciously attacked a woman - stabbing her multiple times in the neck and torso.

The Bedford County Sheriff's Office said at 1:30 p.m. Saturday they were called to a residence along Breezy Hill Road in Vinton.

The caller, who was calling from Botetourt County, advised that her daughter, Ashley Brogan, 28, was at this house and was possibly being assaulted by a Willard Hale.

A Bedford County deputy responded to the address and spoke with Willard Hale's father, who invited the deputy into the home. He said the two were in another part of the house. After checking the house the deputy could not locate either.

The father then advised the deputy they must have went out the back door. The deputy started searching the woods behind the house. He later located the pair approximately a quarter mile into the woods. Brogan, had numerous stab wounds on her neck and torso. She was transported to Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Willard W. Hale, 30, of Vinton, Va., was taken into custody and transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center. He is being held without bond.

Hale has been charged with abduction, aggravated malicious wounding and strangulation of another person.