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Stafford County authorities are investigating an attempted armed robbery in North Stafford Friday that wasn’t reported to police until well over an hour after it happened.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the incident occurred about 6 p.m. on Tolbelt Court off of Mine Road in the Townes of Hampton Oaks. A 19-year-old man and his 17-year-old girlfriend said they were sitting on the front stoop when between six and eight young men approached from two different directions.

According to the victims, one of them displayed a handgun and the group held them against a railing. They started punching and kicking the man, while the gunman told the girl to go into the home and get “all the money,” Kennedy said.

The gunman followed the girl into the home and as she was going up the stairs, she informed the gunman that there were other people in the residence. The gunman left the home at that point, according to the story, and moments later the male victim ran in to the home and announced that all of the assailants were gone.

Deputy Gregory Haney and others arrived about 7:45 p.m. Dogs tracked the area but the assailants were not found. Kennedy said that when the man was asked why there was such a long gap between the incident and police being called, the victim explained that he left the residence and needed time to cool off before having a relative call police.

Two assailants were described as black males. One was said to be 19 or 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was wearing blue pants with paint stains, no shirt and had a moustache and short hair. The second was described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, 300 pounds and wearing a white T-shirt.

A third assailant was described only as being of “Asian descent.” No description was given of the other three to six assailants.

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

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404