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Man threatened at gunpoint after city party

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

A 21-year-old man was threatened at gunpoint following a party in Fredericksburg early Saturday, but neither he nor other witnesses were able to tell police why, police said.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said went to the 400 block of Canal Street about 2:45 a.m. in response to a call about guns being brandished.

Bledsoe said four people, including the 21-year-old victim and a resident of the home, were on the front porch when three men got out of a car that had just pulled up.

Witnesses said two of the men walked up to the porch and began arguing with the victim. It is unclear what the argument was about, Bledsoe said.

The victim walked into the house and the two men followed him. Both men then pulled out handguns and threatened the victim, witnesses said.

A 21-year-old woman who had also been on the porch and her 23-year-old boyfriend ran away from the porch at that point and the woman called police.

The two gunmen and the third man who accompanied them were gone when police arrived.

The victim, who police say was intoxicated, claimed to not know who the men were or why they were angry with him. He claimed they had not demanded anything from him, police said.

The gunmen were described only as light-skinned black males between 5 feet 5 inches and 6 feet tall.

Police received no description of their vehicle, Bledsoe said.

Bledsoe said it was the third time that evening that police had been to that residence. The first two calls had to do with noise complaints about the party, which had broken up by the time of the last call.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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