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Va. Agent Attacked During Open House

A seemingly random attack was caused by a man against a female agent hosting an open house, and Virginia’s Realtor community rallied in her support.

LYNCHBURG, Va. – A crowdfunding page has already raised more than $120,000 just three days after a real estate agent in Lynchburg, Va., was attacked with a wrench at an open house last weekend.

Police have arrested and charged Dustin Holdren, 34, on charges of aggravated malicious wounding. The arrest warrant alleges that Holdren beat Lenora Farrington with the “intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill.”

Teresa Grant, operating principal at Farrington’s firm, Keller Williams Realty in Lynchburg, Va., spoke to reporters. She said Holdren arrived at the open house, signed in using his name, and spoke with Farrington about his family and job. He left after someone else arrived to look at the home. But Grant says he then returned, claiming to have forgotten his phone. He then attacked Farrington with a wrench.

Farrington, a second-degree black belt, fought back, Grant reported. She was hit with the wrench 10 to 12 times.

Farrington did not know Holdren previously. Police are continuing to investigate.

Real estate pros are on edge after the attack. They’re also displaying an outpouring of support for Farrington. Grant set up a GoFundMe page to help Farrington cover her medical expenses, and the $120,000 has been generated by about 2,100 donations.

Walter Perrow, president of Mariners Landing Development Company where the open house was being held, released the following statement following the attack: “We condemn this appalling attack and wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the victim and her family. All of us here, as well as many we’ve heard from around the lake community, were shocked by the assault and are praying for a quick and complete recovery. We’re working together with the sheriff’s department on ideas and solutions to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.”

Visit the National Association of Realtors® safety webpage for more information on steps Realtors can take to protect themselves.

Source: “REALTOR® Didn’t Know Attacker Who Assaulted Her at Open House, Company Says,” WDBJ7.com (June 22, 2020) and “‘She Should Be Dead’: Friends, Colleagues React to REALTOR®’s Attack at Open House,” WSLS.com (June 22, 2020)

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