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WV man charged in rock attack on I-81

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JONESTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

State police in Jonestown have arrested a West Virginia man for assaulting two acquaintances after a crash on Interstate 81 in Lebanon County.

Housein Bakir Keaton, 30, of Cross Lanes, was charged with aggravated assault following the crash Tuesday evening at mile marker 94 in Swatara Township, police said in a news release Friday.

Keaton was in a vehicle with 23-year-old Timothy Shaffer, of Charleston, WV, when Shaffer fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a guide rail, police said.

As they looked at the damage, the two got into a fight and Keaton struck Shaffer in the head, face and back with a rock, then pushed him down a hill and threw a rock at Shaffer while he was on the ground, police said.

Keaton then returned to the vehicle where 19-year-old Rebekah Edwards, also of Charleston, was seated in the front passenger seat. Edwards tried to get out of the vehicle, but Keaton grabbed her by the hair and drove away, leaving Shaffer behind, police said.

Edwards called 911 after Keaton stopped at the Lickdale exit, and he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Keaton was sent to Lebanon County Prison on $100,000 bail.

Shaffer was treated for his injuries at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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