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Intruder gets surprising welcome in Fredericksburg

A surprise early morning visitor got a surprising welcome from a 50-year-old Fredericksburg resident early Sunday, police said.
City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the man and his wife, who live in the 400 block of Hanover Street, had been in bed for a couple of hours when a noise awakened both of them about 2:30 a.m. The husband grabbed his shotgun and was investigating the noise when he encountered a man he didn’t know walking up the stairs inside his home.
The armed resident ordered the intruder back down the stairs and the suspect complied. The resident forced the intruder to get on the floor in the entrance hallway, and the suspect was still there when police arrived a short time later.
Bledsoe said the intruder was extremely intoxicated and was unable to provide his own address. He had gotten into the home through a front door that the residents had accidentally left open. Police later determined that the suspect lives a couple of blocks away in the Cobblestone area.
Daniel Veit, 27, was charged with unlawful entry and public intoxication. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under a $1,500 bond.