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Suspects arrested when getaway car runs out of gas

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Two suspected thieves were arrested early Friday after their getaway car ran out of gas while being pursued by the victim, police said.

Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Lt. Troy Skebo said the incident began late Thursday or early Friday when the 29-year-old victim was approached by a stranger at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. The man said he needed a ride to Spotsylvania, and the victim offered to take him to the Wawa at 4625 Harrison Road off U.S. 1.

The victim went into the store to make a purchase and came out about 12:21 a.m. and got back into his truck with money in his hand. Skebo said the suspect punched him in the face, grabbed the money and jumped into the passenger’s side of a vehicle that was parked in the lot.

The suspects took off and the victim followed them while calling 911 to inform police of the getaway vehicle’s location and description. The victim lost sight of the vehicle in the area of Chancellor Elementary School off Plank Road, but Deputy Chad Polliard found the suspects a short time later after their vehicle ran out of gas in the area of Plank and River roads.

Johnny Brooks

Jon Kimmel

Johnny Ray Brooks, 28, was charged with strongarm robbery and obtaining goods by false pretenses. Jon Dean Kimmel, 37, of Spotsylvania, the driver of the getaway car, was charged with conspiracy to commit strongarm robbery. Both men were placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.