Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Unruly crowds lead to arrests
Police handled unruly crowds at two locations early on Saturday morning, leading to charges and arrests from both incidents. It is believed that after the large crowd dispersed from Central Station, a great many of its number then moved to IHOP, where the management decided to close its doors to incoming customers to avoid hosting a repeat of the fights that had broken out as patrons left the nightspot on Caroline Street. It should be noted that officers and deputies who work off-duty at IHOP do so in uniform, and with the same authority as when they are on duty. Here’s the synopsis:
Central Station, 1917 Princess Anne St, 2/26 1:50 am. Officers responded to several fights and a large crowd in the parking lot of the business. Some individuals refused to disperse and continued causing problems even after police arrived on the scene. India Roseburough, 21, of Stafford was arrested for disorderly conduct; Roseburough was released on her own recognizance after the scene was cleared. Sheba Barnes, 21, of Stafford was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct; Barnes was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail until sober. Rusty Wilson, 38, of Fredericksburg was also arrested for public intoxication and jailed until sober.
IHOP, 2831 Plank Rd, 2/26 2:15 am. An officer and a Fredericksburg Sheriff’s deputy working an off-duty security detail at the business were clearing the parking lot of incoming vehicles due to an overly large influx of customers who had just left an event at Central Station. The driver of a black Charger, when told to exit the parking area, accelerated his vehicle toward the officer and only avoided hitting her by turning at the last moment. The driver then parked the Charger on the other side of the building and the Sheriff’s deputy approached the car to again advise its occupants to leave. The deputy put his hand on the door handle and the driver sped away, pulling the deputy and causing him minor injuries before he was able to break free. The Charger then left the area. The vehicle’s driver was later identified and warrants were obtained against Dacorey Carter, 22, of Hampton charging him with felony attempted malicious wounding, assault on a law enforcement officer, and reckless driving. Carter was arrested the next day at a home in Spotsylvania and incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.