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Clerk held hostage in Fredericksburg robbery
By KEITH EPPS
A Fredericksburg store was robbed late Thursday by two men who held a clerk hostage for about 15 minutes while turning away customers who showed up at the store.
The men eventually got away with cigarettes, lottery tickets and an undisclosed amount of money from the Exxon at 3201 Plank Road, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. The clerk was not physically harmed.
According to police, the robbers entered the store about 11:10 p.m. One man displayed a handgun and ordered the clerk, a 53-year-old Spotsylvania County woman, onto the floor behind the register. The clerk was later moved into a bathroom while the robbery continued.
Bledsoe said surveillance video showed that during the 15 minutes or so that the robbers were there, several customers showed up at the gas pumps or at the store door. One of the robbers, presumably pretending to be an employee, was seen sending the customers away possibly by telling them that the store was closed.
The gunman was described as a black male in his 40s between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a dark jacket, black cargo pants, brown loafers and a white ball cap. He also had a mask over his face.
The second man was also a black male. He was described as being in his 50s, 5 feet 6 inches tall with a shaved head. He was wearing dark jeans, a lighter colored jacket and a black ball cap.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious or anyone who may have been turned away from the store during that time is asked to call Detective Wayne Hunnicutt at 540-654-5753.
It was the fourth robbery along that corridor since Aug. 23. Based on suspect descriptions, at least three of them were committed by different people.