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Police probe beating of Fredericksburg woman
Fredericksburg police are investigating a woman’s claim that she was beaten into unconsciousness and robbed outside her residence early Thursday evening.
City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the reported attack occurred in the 200 block of Kings Mill Court. The 30-year-old victim reported that she had just gotten home and opened her door when her cat ran out.
The woman was in the nearby woods looking for the cat when she said she was attacked from behind by a white female. Bledsoe said the woman reported that she fell to the ground and was repeatedly struck in the face and head, causing her to lose consciousness. When she came to, her purse and prescription medication were gone.
Bledsoe said city police went to the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center after getting a call about the incident. The victim, who had extensive bruising and a fractured finger, didn’t remember how she got to the hospital and she couldn’t remember where she’d been prior to the attack.
When asked if she knew who might have assaulted her, she blurted out the name of a woman who is involved in a pending court case involving her.
In that case, Thursday’s victim is charged with vandalism and extortion.
Police said she accused a woman at an insurance office on Plank Road of denting her vehicle and offered not to call police if she gave her $100. The other woman declined the offer, and the Thursday victim scratched the side of the other woman’s vehicle with a key while the woman and a co-worker looked on, police said.
Those cases are scheduled to be heard Oct. 4 in Fredericksburg General District Court.
Bledsoe said there is no known connection between the two women other than the encounter in the parking lot in August.
Police also had dealings with Thursday’s victim in April when she pawned a cell phone and other items at Fredericksburg Gold and Pawn. After pawning the phone, she returned to the store and asked to get some contact numbers out of it. The merchant complied, and the woman left the store with the phone that she’d already been paid for.
She was convicted of petty larceny in July and got a suspended sentence.