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Saluda man subdues intruder with machete

A 36-year-old man who allegedly broke into a Saluda home last week fled after the resident wounded him with a machete, reported the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office this week. (A machete is a knife with a blade about 2 feet long.)

According to the investigation, about 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, Royal Lee Oakley entered the residence of Omar D. Gary on Stoneham Street in Saluda, said Major M.E. Sampson of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.  

Gary swung a machete striking Oakley, who suffered a large, deep gash in his left forearm. 

Oakley fled the scene and got a ride to the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital emergency room in Gloucester. The hospital contacted the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

Also, a 911 call to the sheriff’s office was made from the residence.

Two Middlesex Sheriff’s Office detectives responded. Det. C.B. Sibley went to the alleged crime scene at the residence, while Det. K. Carmell went to the hospital and interviewed Oakley. 

Oakley, 36, is charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit assault and battery, which is a felony, Sampson said. In addition, Oakley is charged with a misdemeanor for stalking a former female friend who was at the residence. After the incident, the woman obtained a protective order, said Sampson.

A forensic unit of the Virginia State Police processed the crime scene in the early morning hours of June 20. Oakley was arrested the same day.

Oakley apparently had no permanent address and was staying with a cousin in Middlesex. He is being held without bond at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda.

posted 06.26.2013

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