Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Robbers use pepper spray to subdue victim
1700 block Princess Anne St, 4/12 9:30 pm. A resident reported that he was walking on Princess Anne St when he was approached by two male subjects who asked him for money. When the victim replied that he didn’t have any cash, one of the suspects sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray while the second suspect took the wallet from the victim’s back pocket. When the suspects realized that the wallet was empty of currency, they threw it down on the ground and ran from the scene.
The suspects were described as black males of unknown age. One suspect was tall with short hair, and the second suspect was short and was wearing a white T-shirt and light colored shorts. Based on subsequent interviews with individuals in the area, a tentative identification was made of one of the suspects and the investigation is ongoing.
The victim was treated at the scene by rescue personnel for his exposure to pepper spray, but he declined transport to the hospital.