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Armed robber positioned infant between self, victims, Fredericksburg police say
By KEITH EPPS
A Fredericksburg home was robbed Sunday night by two men who came to the home under the guise of getting some tattoo work done, police said.
No one was injured in the robbery, but one of the armed suspects placed a 4-month-old child between him and the victims during the robbery, police said.
A man who lives in the 200 block of Charles Street said he and his housemate were outside near their home Saturday evening when they were first approached by the two suspects, police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.
They talked to the housemate, who is a tattoo artist, about having some tattoo work performed.
The two suspects returned to the home about 10 p.m. Sunday and discussed the work they wanted done in more detail and agreed on a price. They left briefly, supposedly to get the money, and returned a short time later with handguns, police said.
They threatened the victims while demanding money and other valuables, police said. They left with several hundred dollars worth of tattoo equipment and ink, a game system and games and cash.
In addition to the two men, a woman, a 1-year-old child and the infant were also in the home. The infant was sleeping in a carrier in the living room when one of the suspects positioned the baby between him and the victims.
Both suspects were described as black men in their late teens or early 20s. One was light-skinned with a heavy build, curly hair and a small amount of facial hair. The second was tall and thin with medium-length dreadlocks.
Police have released sketches of tattoos both men had in hope that they will help the public identify them. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Wayne Hunnicutt and 540-654-5753.