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Stafford woman robbed twice, trio arrested
Three people have been arrested in connection with robberies in Stafford County earlier this month in which the same victim was robbed twice in less than 10 hours, police said.
County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the first robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. June 5 at the Exxon station at 401 Warrenton Road. A woman and a man had just crossed the street from the Motel 6 when a man approached asking for a ride. Both told the man no, but he persisted.
At some point, the male victim took money from his wallet and handed it to the female so she could purchase items from the store. The suspect grabbed the wallet and the money from the woman, then got into a vehicle with two other women.
After the male victim rushed over to retrieve the wallet, the suspect got out of the vehicle and a scuffle ensued. The victim got the wallet back, but the money was gone.
The vehicle sped off, Kennedy said, and the male suspect walked toward the Motel 6.
The female victim, who is in her 20s, told police that she was in her motel room at the Days Inn on Simpson Road the next morning when a woman showed up at the door. The victim said she’d been talking to the woman about what had happened the previous evening and the woman had supposedly come over to offer support.
When she opened the door for the woman, the same man who had robbed her the night before rushed in wearing a scarf over his face. He knocked her down and took an undisclosed amount of cash and a credit card.
That robbery occurred about 5 a.m., Kennedy said, but it wasn’t reported until nearly four hours later. The woman told police that she was initially too scared to call police.
Detective Barry Surles spotted the suspect vehicle later June 6 and stopped it.
The two people in the vehicle were arrested and a third was arrested later.
Jimine Carter, 31, of Stafford, and Ashley Pendleton, 28, of Spotsylvania were both charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of conspiracy and breaking and entering. Carter was also charged with two counts of assault and battery, obstruction of justice and providing false identification to law enforcement. Kennedy said Carter gave Surles a false name during the traffic stop.
Cynthia Nasta, 23, of Stafford was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. She is accused of assisting the other two in the motel robbery.
All three are being held without bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404