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Teens charged in Stafford robbery

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Two teenagers have been charged in connection with the armed robbery of a cab driver in Stafford County last month, police said.

One suspect, a 17-year-old Spotsylvania County boy, is in custody. The second suspect, Arthur James Williams III, 18, of no fixed address, has not been apprehended, Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said Tuesday.

Both are charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

According to police and court records, a driver for Virginia Cab Company picked up two fares from Plank Road in Fredericksburg early April 5.

The driver was instructed to take them to England Run subdivision in Stafford. He stopped in the 300 block of England Pointe Drive and requested the $16 fare that was due.

The teens said they needed to go to one of their aunt’s nearby homes to get the money, so the driver took them a short distance to Noble Court.

One suspect told the other to go get the money. The back-seat passenger instead placed a gun into the back of the driver’s neck and said, “Don’t move. Give me all your money, or I’ll blow your head off.”

An affidavit for a search warrant filed by Detective Barry Surles shows that an

iPhone 4S, an AT&T Pantech tablet and about $200 in cash were taken from the driver.

The suspects ran toward England Pointe Drive, police said, and the driver ran after them for a short distance before remembering that they had a gun.

He then stopped and called police.

According to the affidavit, Surles later recovered the phone from a person who had purchased it from the suspects.

After interviewing that person, Surles got the names of the two suspects.

He then showed a photo lineup to the victim and he picked out Williams, known as “Trey,” and the 17-year-old as the two who had robbed him.

The juvenile was arrested April 30 and has been in custody since. The search warrant was obtained to give police permission to examine the cellphone he was carrying at the time.

Anyone with information about Williams’ whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 658/4400 or Crime Solvers at 659-2020.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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