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Woman accused of setting up robbery
A Fredericksburg woman is accused of setting up a man to be robbed after getting together with him at a local bar, police said.
The botched robbery took place Sunday morning at the woman’s home in the 1000 block of Wicklow Drive, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. The victim, a 38-year-old Stafford man, woke up in the woman’s bed about 8:15 a.m.with a man standing over him with a handgun.
The man was demanding money and the woman the victim spent the night with was repeatedly urging him to give it to the robber, police said.
During the confusion, the victim managed to put on his pants and jump out of a ground-floor window. He ran to a nearby 7-Eleven, where he used someone’s cell phone to call 911.
Police later charged the woman he’d spent the night with, 26-year-old Kristin Leckey, with attempted robbery, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of illegal drugs and conspiracy to commit robbery. She was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
The man involved in the robbery attempt had not been arrested as of Tuesday.
According to Bledsoe, Lecky and the victim had met up at a local Hard Times restaurant Saturday night. They had been together before and decided to go to her apartment that night after eating at Denny’s.
The man had over $1,000 in his wallet and the suspect was aware of that, police said.
During the attempted robbery, the victim told police it was clear that the woman knew the robber. She ran after the victim once he left the apartment, but was back home by the time police arrived. The man with the gun was gone by that time.
Police recovered the victim’s wallet and cell phone under a dresser, where he’d tossed them during the confusion. The money was still in the wallet, but a smaller amount was missing from his pants pocket. His iPod was also missing, Bledsoe said.
While searching the apartment for the gunman, police found packages of marijuana, cocaine and a large number of pills in the woman’s home, along with scales, a grinder and a smoking device.
The gunman was described as a black man in his early 30′s, 5 feet 5 inches tall and between 180 and 190 pounds. He had a black handgun, dreadlocks and a knife in his back pocket.
Bledsoe said police have a possible first name but had not identified the man as of Tuesday.