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Man charged in assault on Fredericksburg clerk

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By KEITH EPPS

A lieutenant with the Colombian Marine Corps has been charged in connection with an incident late Saturday in which a Fredericksburg store clerk was assaulted by a suspect who had just urinated all over the floor.

Isnel Lopez

Isnel A. Lopez, 28, is charged with assault and battery, indecent exposure, urinating in public, trespassing and preventing another person from calling 911. He was arrested by Fredericksburg Detective Wayne Hunnicutt Wednesday and released on a $2,500 bond to his commanding officer at Quantico, police said.

Lopez is temporarily stationed at Quantico on a training assignment, Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

According to Bledsoe, the incident began about 11:55 p.m. Saturday at Nader’s Grocery on Caroline Street. Four young men entered the store and asked to use the bathroom, but were told that the store has no public facilities.

Three of the men continued shopping and talking while the fourth walked toward the back. The clerk saw him on store surveillance equipment urinating on the floor and on bottles of drink.

At that point, the clerk told the urinating man and his friends to leave and threatened to call the police. Bledsoe said the man later identified as Lopez charged the clerk, assaulted him and took his phone from him.

The other three men, all 21-year-old U.S. Marine Corps officers, pulled the suspect off the clerk and left the area.

Hunnicutt was able to track down one of the men through a credit card he used to make a purchase in the store before the ruckus erupted, Bledsoe.

That man identified the others who were with him, including the South American, police said. No one but Lopez is facing charges.

Bledsoe said cooperation from authorities at Quantico assisted in the investigation.

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