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Fredericksburg Police: Carjacking report was bogus
By KEITH EPPS
Fredericksburg Police now say that a reported carjacking attempt near Mary Washington Hospital last month was bogus.
A Milford man had claimed he had been at the hospital emergency room Aug. 23 with his wife when their 7-month-old daughter became restless.
He took her out for a ride about 11:15 p.m. and stopped in the 500 block of Park Hill Drive behind the hospital to get her pacifier.
The man claimed that a would-be carjacker came from behind and got into the driver’s seat while saying, “I’m taking this car.” After a struggle, the man said the assailant ran off.
He was described as having a Mohawk-style haircut with color on the tips, among other things.
City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said Detective Wayne Hunnicutt interviewed the man again on Aug. 30 and determined that the alleged incident never took place.
She said police were unable to determine why the man made up the story.
Joseph G. Loving Jr., 21, was charged with filing a false police report and released on a summons. The charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.