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Three arrested in downtown Fredericksburg spray-painting incidents
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
Three young King George County men were arrested early Wednesday after being accused of spray painting multiple items in the downtown area of Fredericksburg, including a church.
Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the suspects were on top of the CSX Railroad bridge in the 200 block of Sophia Street about 12:15 a.m. when a witness saw them spraying graffiti. The witness called police and several officers responded.
Bledsoe said the officers moved in from different directions to be better prepared if the suspects ran, which they did.
Two of them ran toward Lafayette Boulevard, where they were quickly apprehended. The third ran across the railroad bridge into Stafford County and was arrested later in the morning at his home in King George.
On the railroad bridge, police found numerous spray-paint cans with black paint and multiple cans of beer, both full and empty.
The ensuing investigation showed that various words had been spray painted at multiple downtown locations, including the side wall of St. George’s Episcopal Church, two vehicles in a commuter lot at Sophia and Wolfe streets, the sidewalk at Market Square, a storage container and a shed at the new courthouse construction site, the old Moose Lodge on Sophia Street and at various locations along railroad property.
Ryan Curtis and Luke Kavlick, both 18, and Todd Bobbitt, 21, were all charged with five felony counts of vandalism, two misdemeanor vandalism counts, trespassing, trespassing with the intent to damage property and resisting arrest.
The younger suspects were also charged with underage possession of alcohol.
All three were placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
Bledsoe said Bobbitt’s car was recovered not far from the railroad bridge, where they were first spotted. It was not clear how he got back to King George or what connection the three suspects have to Fredericksburg.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404