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Fredericksburg police arrest one, seek second man in cabbie beating

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Fredericksburg police arrested one man and are looking for another in connection with an incident Sunday in which a cab driver was beaten and threatened at knife point during an attempted robbery.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said a 43-year-old driver for Virginia Cab had picked up the two men from a business on U.S. 17 in Stafford County and drove them to the 200 block of Keavy Court in the Crestview apartment complex on Fall Hill Avenue about 10:50 p.m.

The men paid their fare, but got an incorrect amount of change from the driver. While trying to straighten out the mistake, police said, an argument began and the driver was attacked.

Bledsoe said the man who police are still looking for pulled out a large knife and grabbed the driver by the neck while the other man punched him repeatedly in the face.

The attackers tried to take the driver’s wallet, Bledsoe said, but were unable to get it. They eventually ran from the scene.

The driver had blood all over his face and clothes when police arrived and he was taken to Mary Washington Hospital to be treated for a broken nose and other injuries.

He gave police descriptions of his attackers, and police quickly found one of them hiding on a stairway landing of one of the apartment buildings.

Christian Torres, 28, who lives in the apartment complex, was charged with attempted robbery, malicious wounding and public intoxication. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Bledsoe said police had not identified the man who was with Torres as of Monday.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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