Charges dropped against men arrested for beating Virginia Beach man who stopped to move traffic barrels

Posted at 6:55 PM, Aug 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-19 20:42:28-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - It has been six months since a man was severely beaten when he got out of his car to move some traffic barrels on Princess Anne Road.

Last week, the charges against the two suspects in the case, Justin Squires and Steven Farland, were nolle prossed.  That means the charges were dropped but could be brought back later if new information comes to light.

The victim in the case, James Sparks, says he has mixed thoughts about the news.  Though disappointed in the outcome, he's also relieved.

"Every time I went into the courtroom, I replayed [the attack]," said Sparks.

Sparks was beaten in February.  While driving down Princess Anne Road, he stopped to move a traffic barrel sitting in the street.  That's when two men attacked and robbed him.

The assault left him bruised and bloody; his jaw had to be wired shut.

Squires and Farland were arrested about a week later, but Sparks could not identify them in a photo lineup.  He was only able to describe his attackers' clothing and general features.

The Commonwealth's Attorney's office says at this point, they just don't have enough evidence to go forward.

Though it's tough, Sparks says he says he is relieved it's over and accepts the outcome.

"I also would rather be 100 percent sure that those were the two individuals that jumped me."