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Food delivery drivers robbed at apartments
Delivery driver robberies in Fredericksburg may be related.

Date published: 10/23/2012

BY KEITH EPPS

Two food delivery drivers have been robbed in recent days at a Fredericksburg apartment complex, police said.

Both incidents occurred in Forest Village, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. The latest one took place about 10:15 p.m. Sunday at 600 Forest Village off Fall Hill Avenue.

Bledsoe said a 23-year-old driver for the Pizza Hut near the University of Mary Washington was delivering an order that included three pizzas and multiple drinks. He had just gotten out of his car when he was approached by a group of four males and was tackled by one of them.

After the driver was taken to the ground, the other three males began assaulting him and going through his pockets. They took money from one pocket, his cellphone and the food and left him with minor injuries to the face and arms. They did not get his wallet, which was in another pocket.

Bledsoe said someone in the group threatened to shoot the driver during the attack, but the victim never saw a gun. The driver described one attacker as a black male in his mid- to late-20s, 6 feet tall and 220 pounds with medium-length dreadlocks. He was wearing a black hoodie. The victim told police he did not get a good look at his other three assailants.

The first robbery occurred late Thursday but was not reported to police until Friday evening, Bledsoe said. In that case, a driver for Hunan Garden on William Street was delivering an order to 1600 Forest Village when he was approached by a man who was standing near the building.

The driver initially thought it was the person who had placed the order and let him take the food. However, he tried to get it back once it became clear that the man was not going to pay.

The robber had a beer bottle in his hand and threatened to hit the driver if he didn't let go of the food. The 31-year-old driver let go and was not injured.

That assailant was described as a black male in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall, with a slender build. He was wearing a brown hoodie with the hood pulled up, jeans and tennis shoes.

Bledsoe said police have evidence leading them to believe the two incidents are related, but she declined to elaborate.

Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 540/373-3122.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com