Truck Attack Charges Filed

Timberville Man Accused Of Attempted Murder In City Incident

Posted: March 2, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg police charged a Timberville man Thursday night after they say he ran down another man with his pickup truck.

Andrew Phillip Spitzer, 42, is charged with felony attempted first-degree murder and felony malicious wounding.

Police say he ran down Elkton resident Melvin Campbell, 36, who is in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Spitzer made his first appearance in Rockingham County General District Court Friday morning. During the hearing, Judge Richard Claybrook ordered him held without bond and set a preliminary hearing in the case for May 7.

Around 5:20 p.m. Thursday, witnesses reported that the two men and a woman began arguing in the parking lot of the Royal Food Mart at 1770 E. Market St. Then, witnesses said, Spitzer got into a Dodge Ram 1500 parked behind a Jeep Wrangler, where the victim was standing.

Witnesses told the Daily News-Record that the driver of the truck accelerated, hit the victim and dragged him over a median in the parking lot.

The truck drove through the carwash located at the gas station and stopped on the other side, witnesses said.

The victim was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and later transferred to U.Va.

Spitzer was detained at the scene and later charged.

Police haven’t disclosed a motive for the attack, but a witness said the woman involved told him that she was dating the victim and she formerly dated the truck’s driver.

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