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Arrests follow gunshot report in Fredericksburg

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Three people were arrested late Wednesday after Fredericksburg police investigated a report of a gunshot fired from an apartment on Monument Avenue.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said a resident called at 10:30 p.m. after hearing a shot fired.

The caller didn’t know the exact location of the incident, but officers went to the area of Monument Avenue and Littlepage Street and heard a man and woman yelling loudly from inside an apartment in the 800 block of Monument.

Two officers went into the home while a third waited outside, Bledsoe said. The waiting officer soon apprehended a man, 27-year-old Jose Antonio Colon of the home, who ran out the back door.

Colon was charged with domestic assault and battery. He was also wanted on a a grand larceny charge in Stafford County. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Inside the residence, police arrested Jesus Cepeda Rivera, 34, of Stafford, who is charged with firing a gun during a disturbance.

Other people had reportedly been at a gathering there, but only a few remained by the time police arrived.

Bledsoe said it is unclear what the initial disturbance involved.

Bledsoe said police found a gun and marijuana on Rivera during a search following his arrest. He is charged with possession of a firearm as a felon, reckless handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm in the city and possession of marijuana. He also was jailed under no bond.

City police did not charge a woman who lived in the apartment, but she was taken to jail to face grand larceny charges from Stafford County. She was identified by Stafford authorities as Brenda Monterroza, 27.

Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the grand larceny charges against her and Colon stemmed from the theft of food Saturday from a Stafford store.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

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