Employee assaulted at Va. Beach Human Services building

Corey Deshawn Taylor. Photo Courtesy: Virginia Beach Police.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police arrested a man for allegedly assaulting a woman at the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services building Wednesday morning.

Corey Deshawn Taylor, 26, faces a simple assault charge for the incident, which was reported to police at 11:15 a.m.

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WAVY/Rob Rizzo

Taylor signed in at the building, squeezed through a stairwell door after he saw a female employee go through it and then assaulted her, according to investigators.

Police spokeswoman Tonya Pierce says the two had never met each other, and that the incident appears to have been a random attack.

A security officer standing watch at the front desk heard the attack and stopped it, according to Dannette Smith, the Director of the Department of Human Services.

The woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation with minor injuries, however, Smith says she may take some time off work because she feels uneasy about the attack.

Smith said her department would likely review security procedures, but that she is grateful the response by security and police was immediate.

“We walked around and we talked with our staff just to make sure that everybody knew what had happened, but also to make sure that everyone knew that it was being addressed, and that we had their safety first in mind,” Smith said.

Both Smith and police said because of confidentiality reasons, they could not disclose whether Taylor was supposed to be at the Human Services Office, or why he would have been there.

The department provides social, substance abuse, developmental and mental health services, according to its website.

Taylor is being held at Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

He declined a jailhouse interview request.

About 350 people work at the Department of Human Service’s Virginia Beach Boulevard location, where the attack happened.

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