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Man arrested at gunpoint after chase in Fredericksburg

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A homeless man is accused of plundering the bedroom of a Fredericksburg woman who had given him a temporary place to stay and then leading police on a brief foot chase.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said police received several calls about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday about a man with a gun who was acting erratically outside on Duke Street in the Mayfield subdivision.

Officer Aimee Scott arrived and saw someone matching the callers’ descriptions walking along nearby Airport Avenue.

When Scott told the man to stop so she could talk to him, he ran off, Bledsoe said. He dropped two duffel bags and jumped a fence into a back yard on South Street, Bledsoe said.

Scott took the man into custody at gunpoint after he ran to other side of the property, Bledsoe said.

The gun was found in the yard the man had run through, she said, and ammunition, drug paraphernalia and other items were found in the discarded duffel bags. A small baggie of heroin was found on the suspect, Bledsoe said.



Daniel Ellis Simpson, 33, was charged with brandishing a firearm, possessing a firearm as a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin.

He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

The ensuing investigation revealed that about a day earlier, Simpson and his girlfriend were invited to stay at the home of a woman in her 50s who lives on Duke Street. The woman said she wanted to give them a chance to “get themselves together.”

On Wednesday, the resident told police she caught Simpson in her bedroom going through her medication. An argument ensued, police said, during which the suspect pulled out a gun and threatened the woman.

Witnesses said he went outside and was seen banging his head on a wall near the home. His girlfriend was among those who called authorities, Bledsoe said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

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