June 18, 2011 by wcobserver
GREENLAND- A Fayetteville man faces felony charges in connection with a robbery and beating that sent a Greenland woman to the hospital on May 28.
Gregory L. Steele, 47, of 401 West 24th Street, #125, in Fayetteville, was arrested Thursday, June 2 by Fayetteville Police on charges of attempted capital murder and aggravated burglary. He is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.
On May 28, Greenland Police responded to a 911 call at 290 Napier Street in Greenland. A report from Greenland Police states that upon arrival, police found a 57 year old woman who had been severely beaten. Court documents reveal the woman had been tied up and beaten until she was unconscious with a number of items including vise grips. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that items had been stolen during the attack.
Steele, who is a nephew of the victim by marriage, was also at the house when police arrived, according to the report. Steele reportedly said that he, too, had been knocked unconscious when he entered the house earlier.
Steele became a suspect early on after evidence at the scene didn’t match the story he’d told police, according to Greenland Police Chief Gary Ricker. He said his department doesn’t see a lot of crime like this in Greenland and that he called in the Fayetteville Police Department to process the crime scene and to assist in the investigation.
Ricker said that as the days passed, the victim was able to recall details about her injuries and that coupled with evidence collected at the scene resulted in Steele’s arrest.
Ricker said the victim has since been released from the hospital and that the investigation is still ongoing.