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Man involved in Taser controversy charged in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania robberiers
By KEITH EPPS
A man who was Tasered for about 40 seconds during an encounter with police last year had another unpleasant encounter with law enforcement early Monday when he was arrested and charged with two armed robberies, police said.Both robberies occurred at 7-Eleven stores, one in Fredericksburg and the other in Spotsylvania County. Lantz Dominque Day, 36, of Locust Grove was apprehended shortly after the second robbery without incident.
The first robbery took place about 12:10 a.m.at the 7-Eleven at 3333 Fall Hill Ave. in Fredericksburg, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. A clerk called police and reported that a man had entered the store, approached the counter and implied that he had a weapon under his shirt.
He demanded money and received an undisclosed amount before leaving the area.
Bledsoe said every available officer was sent to the scene, along with a police dog, but the suspect was not found at that time.
Shortly after 6:30 a.m., the store on Lafayette Boulevard in Spotsylvania -just outside the city limit – was robbed. Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pearce said a man armed with a knife robbed the store but was caught in a subsequent foot chase in a nearby business parking lot. City officers responded to that scene as well.
After Spotsylvania and city detectives interviewed the suspect, it was determined that he was responsible for both robberies, police said. Day is being held under no bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
Day received widespread attention after a Nov. 9 incident in which he was Tasered for about 40 seconds by a city officer, and it was captured on video and placed on the Internet.
Police had responded to the area of Hanover and Caroline streets that evening after a Buick belonging to Day struck and damaged five vehicles that were parked on Hanover Street, police said.
The car’s driver was gone when officers arrived, but Day was still there.
Officer Joe Young deployed his Taser after Day tried to run from the scene, police said. He didn’t get far.
City police later announced that the officer had violated the department’s use-of-force policy and have taken steps to ensure that none of the city’s Tasers can be used for more than five seconds at a time.
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Day was charged with four offenses following that incident, including resisting arrest, and has a trial set for Feb. 25 in Fredericksburg General District Court.