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Police stop apparent robbery attempt

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Fredericksburg detectives working on a totally unrelated case thwarted a would-be robbery early Wednesday and arrested four suspects, police said.

According to city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe, the plain-clothes detectives were in the Princess Anne Street area looking for a wanted person when they noticed a woman in a pickup truck toward the back of the Hardee’s parking lot. A man was standing outside the truck talking to the woman.

A short time later, Bledsoe said, the detectives noticed three males who appeared to be sneaking along the fence line toward the truck and one had taken off his shirt to cover his face.

Concerned that something bad was about to happen, the detectives intervened, called for backup and detained all five people.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the three males and the woman in the truck had hatched a plan to assault and rob a 51-year-old Spotsylvania resident. The plan was to distract the target with the promise of sex from the woman. The would-be victim was unharmed and was released later that morning.

Laura Kinney

Marquais Wellborn

Deshawn Moore-Taylor

Laura Kinney, 25 of King George, Dashawn Moore-Taylor, 20, of Stafford, Marquis Wellborn, 18, of Spotsylvania and a 15-year-old boy were all charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. The adults were all placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond and the 15-year-old Spotsylvania boy, who was not named because he is a juvenile, was placed in the regional juvenile detention center.

It was not clear how the suspects knew the intended victim.

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