Maj. Greg Riley with Williamsburg Police said at the time of arrest that Sanderson reported he had a dream his neighbor was making bombs and broke in to search for them. No explosive devices were found.
Following an agreed-upon mental evaluation, Sanderson was admitted to Williamsburg Place on Mooretown Road for treatment. Shortly after 7 p.m. that night, James City Police responded to the facility because Sanderson had allegedly punched a female employee in the mouth, then left the premises.
Sanderson was charged with assault & battery by James City County Police and transported to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. Williamsburg Police obtained warrants on the earlier offenses of burglary and destruction of property.
Superintendent John Kuplinski at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail said Sanderson was brought in on Oct. 3 and noted the magistrate indicated he "should be closely observed on suicide watch." Sanderson was placed on suicide watch in the jail's medical unit and checked every 10 minutes from his arrival until the night of Oct. 7.
At 9:11 p.m. that night, a corrections officer found Sanderson on the floor, according to Kuplinski. He said Sanderson had done "extensive injury to his eyes" and, as a result of the self-inflicted injuries, is permanently blind.
Sanderson was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center for treatment and remained there until Oct. 11 when he was transferred to Eastern State Hospital.
Written by Virginia Gazette