A police search for a man suspected of attacking a 21-year old in Fredericksburg prompted the University of Mary Washington to issue a lockdown in the middle of the night.
Around 1:30 a.m., police received a call from the injured victim, a resident at Greenbriar Apartments. He said he’d been beaten and tied up by a man that he knew, said police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.
The victim was covered in blood with a number of lacerations over his head, and was likely struck by something repeatedly, Bledsoe said Sunday morning.
Before being taken to the hospital, the victim provided a name and description of the suspect.
A city officer then saw an individual matching that description at the intersection of College Avenue and William Street, but when approached, the man ran onto the UMW campus, Bledsoe said.
A Stafford officer brought a K-9 to the campus, since there wasn’t a dog available in the city at the time. Police tried to track the suspect, but were unsuccessful.
Alerts from UMW around 3:30 a.m. said the suspect was possibly armed, but Bledsoe could not confirm if he had been. The university-issued lockdown was a precautionary measure since the suspect had been seen running onto campus, Bledsoe said. The “shelter in place” emergency warning was discontinued at 4:18 p.m.
“We’re not sure at this point why this beating took place,” Bledsoe said.
About an hour later, Dajuan Blake Chambers, 24, was arrested by Spotsylvania Sheriff’s deputies at the Econo Lodge hotel on U.S. 1.
Chambers faces charges from both Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg, including abduction, malicious wounding, grand larceny, bad checks, and obtaining money under false pretenses.
The Rappahannock Regional Jail inmate log indicated that Chambers was from Spotsylvania. Chambers is not a UMW student, and Bledsoe said police don’t think there was any connection to the university, aside from that the officer saw him by the campus.
The victim’s iPhone was stolen, Bledsoe said, and there’s no indication anyone else was in the apartment at the time of the beating.
She did not have an update on the victim’s condition Sunday morning, but said more information would be available Monday.
– Katie Thisdell
The University of Mary Washington issued a series of alerts to students and the community overnight after a breaking-and-entering suspect was tracked onto the campus:
3:32 a.m.: “SHELTER IN PLACE-UMW Police Emergency.UMW Campus in the area of Jefferson Hall. Blk Male 5’7″ 170 lbs. Brn Hair Brn Eyes, Grey Hoodie, Gry Hat, Blu Jns – Blk Bck Pck. Suspect may be armed with a knife. If seen call UMW PD 540-654-4444 or FPD #911″
3:52 a.m.: “UMW Police Emergency- SHELTER IN PLACE-At approx 1:39 AM April 28 a reported Breaking and entering occured at Greenbriar apartments off campus. At 2:19 AM K-9 units have tracked the suspect onto the Fredericksburg Campus in the area of Jefferson, South, Framar. The Suspect is a black Male, 5’7″, Brn Hair, Brn Eyes.Grey Hoodie, Grey Hat, Blue Jeans, carrying a Black Back Pack. Suspect is possibly armed with a knife. Suspect IS NOT a UMW Student. Any info please call UMW PD 540-654-4444 or FPD 911. More info to follow on UMW website.”
4:18 a.m.: “At this time the Police Emergency is discontinued. Further evidence has determined that the suspect has left the UMW Campus area. If any further information is available on this incident please contact UMW PD 540-654-4444 or Fredericksburg PD at #911.”
4:48 a.m.: “UMW Police Emergency Follow Up The suspect has been apprehended. This is an all clear message. The Suspect was located and taken into custody in Spotsyvania County. Thank You for your attention and response to these messages.”
Check back for more details as they become available.