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Three charged in city robbery

BY KEITH EPPS

Three people have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery that netted them about $10, police said.

The incident took place early Thursday at the Sheetz store on Carl D. Silver Parkway in Fredericksburg, said city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.

The 25-year-old victim, a Spotsylvania County man, knows one of the suspects and was with her that night.

According to police, a 25-year-old woman picked up the victim about 3 a.m. Thursday and drove to Sheetz to put gas in her car.

Bledsoe said the victim and the woman had a prior relationship, but she declined to elaborate.

The victim gave the woman money to pay for the gas. After paying the clerk, the woman stopped and began talking to two men who were standing outside the business.

The two men got into the back seat of the woman’s car and they drove off.

A few minutes later, one of the men placed what the victim believed was a gun against the back of the his head and kept it there throughout the incident.

He demanded cash and a cellphone from the victim, who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat.

The victim handed over the phone and a small amount of money, then was driven to an ATM in Central Park.

He was ordered to withdraw more money. Instead, the victim sprinted to a nearby Wawa and called police as the robbers left the area.

The victim knew the driver’s first name, her phone number and the kind of car she drove. Police were able to identify her after getting surveillance pictures from Sheetz.

Shaina Ramirez, 25, of Stafford County was arrested the next day in the Four-Mile Fork area of Spotsylvania.

The ensuing investigation led to two Spotsylvania residents, Christopher Fox, 21, and Mark Reynolds, 22.

All three were charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Bledsoe said police believe Ramirez drove the others to the Sheetz before picking up the victim.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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