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A young Fredericksburg man was badly beaten during a home-invasion robbery Tuesday night, police said.
City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said police learned about the incident at 10:15 p.m. when they received a call from Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. The caller told police that a 20-year-old man was bleeding badly in the emergency room and had received his injuries in Fredericksburg.
The victim later told police that he answered a knock on his door at the Crestview apartment complex earlier that night, probably about 9 p.m. As soon as he opened the door, Bledsoe said, three or four males forced their way into the apartment. At least two of them were carrying handguns.
One of the intruders forced the victim's 66-year-old father to get on the floor and held him there at gunpoint. The others forced the son into a bedroom, where they demanded money and drugs and beat the victim repeatedly while also holding him on the floor at gunpoint.
The victim's injuries included three severe lacerations that required 40 staples in his head. Bledsoe said he also suffered a broken nose, a finger that was sliced open to the bone and other injuries. His father was not injured.
After the intruders left, the father drove his son to the Spotsylvania hospital. Police officers later went to the apartment, where they found it ransacked, with large amounts of blood throughout the home and in the hallway. It was not immediately clear whether anything was stolen.
The intruders were described as black males in their late teens to early 20s. One was dark-skinned with short hair and was wearing a stocking cap. Another was light-skinned with shoulder-length dreadlocks.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Wayne Hunnicutt at 540/654-5753.