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Three charged with attempted robbery
Three men were arrested Tuesday shortly after one of them tried to rob a man at gunpoint in a Fredericksburg motel parking lot, police said.
The victim, a 56-year-old man from out of the area, was walking in the parking lot of the Quality Inn at 2310 Plank Road about 9:50 p.m. when the incident took place, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.
The man reported that he noticed three men walk by as he was heading to check in. A few moments later, one of those men came up behind him wearing a mask and pointing two handguns at him.
The gunman ordered the man to be still, but the victim instead dashed into the motel lobby, police said. Employees locked the door and called police, and officers and members of the city Sheriff’s Office began an immediate search of the area.
Bledsoe said that about 10 minutes later, Deputy Billy Reyes found three men matching the descriptions given behind the nearby BP station just across Altoona Drive. The victim was brought to the scene and identified the men as the same ones he’d seen just prior to the robbery attempt.
A car belonging to one of them was found in the parking lot of the Greenbrier Shopping Center and “valuable items of evidence” were found inside it, Bledsoe said.
Paul Allen Marshall, 21, of King George, William Ernest Brown, 26, of Colonial Beach and George Lofonzo Whiting, 24, of Montross were all charged with attempted robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of burglary tools and possession of a stolen firearm.
Brown and Whiting were also charged with possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. All three were placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.