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Martinsville assault ruled homicide after victim dies, leading to murder charge

68-year-old Cindera Martin died Tuesday

Randy Largen
Randy Largen (WSLS 10)

MARTINSVILLE, Va.UPDATE

The victim of a Martinsville assault last month has died, upgrading the aggravated assault case to a homicide.

48-year-old Randy Largen is now charged with first-degree murder, according to the Martinsville Police Department.

Largen assaulted 68-year-old Cindera Martin, who died from her injuries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on Tuesday, according to Martinsville police.

The assault happened on July 23 at apartments located at 900 Rives Road.

Largen is being held without bail at the Martinsville City Jail.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations is assisting Martinsville police with the investigation.


ORIGINAL STORY

A 48-year-old Martinsville man is in jail after police say he broke into an apartment and attacked a woman.

On July 23 at 7:07 a.m., police responded to a 911 hang-up at 900 Rives Road.

Before they arrived at the address, officers were flagged down about a mile away at the intersection of Starling Avenue and Mulberry Road by the woman who had called them.

She told police that she was attacked at the Rives Road address and managed to escape, according to the Martinsville Police Department.

When officers arrived at the address, they found the crime scene inside one of the apartments.

Police arrested Randy Jurden Largen, 48, who lives in a neighboring apartment and charged him with breaking and entering with the intent to commit assault and aggravated malicious wounding.

He is being held at the Martinsville City Jail.

The victim was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she is receiving treatment for her injuries.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is asked to call Sgt. Washburn at 276-403-5322.