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Man pistol-whipped in robbery attempt
A young Stafford man was pistol-whipped during an attempted robbery Tuesday evening in North Stafford, police said.
The 21-year-old victim was taken to Mary Washington Hospital to receive stitches for a large gash in his head that was bleeding profusely, Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said.
According to police, the victim had gotten a ride to a store near his home in Sky Terrace and began walking about 7:25 p.m. As he neared an alley, he heard a man yell, “hey!” The victim said he didn’t know the man, so he continued walking.
A few minutes later, a gunshot was heard and the victim took off running between buildings in the area. He fell down in the 600 block of Goose Pond Road and when he got up he was struck in the face by the same man who’d been yelling earlier. Decatur said residents in the area reported hearing the gunshot.
The man told the victim to “give me everything you’ve got.” When the victim told him he didn’t have any money, he was hit in the head with a pistol. During the ensuing struggle, the victim grabbed the gunman around the waist but let go after the gun was put in his face. The gunman then ran off and was not found in a subsequent police search.
The bleeding victim went to a friend’s nearby home and the friend called 911.
The gunman was described as a black male between 5 feet 9 and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing a camouflage jacket and tan cargo pants and had “fine” hair. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 659-2020.