Police Seize Sawed-off Rifle After Fight
Fredericksburg officers searched the suspect's apartment and seized five other firearms.
Fredericksburg Police seized a sawed-off rifle Sunday morning from a suspect accused of being involved in a fight earlier Sunday morning in the 2300 block of Cowan Boulevard.
At 2 a.m., officers responded to the area for a report of a fight between two men in the parking lot with one of the suspects allegedly armed. Natatia Bledsoe, police spokeswoman, said that the alleged armed suspect was gone when police arrived, but he returned to the scene on foot shortly afterwards. Francis C. Despanie, 29, of Fredericksburg, was arrested for public intoxication, brandishing a firearm and illegal possession of a sawed-off rifle.
"During a search of the suspect’s apartment, five firearms and related items were confiscated for safekeeping," Bledsoe said.
Despanie was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
In a separate incident two days earlier at 9:20 p.m. on Friday a resident told police that while he was walking home he was assaulted by two men in the 300 block of Brock Square. The assailants stole his wallet and cell phone and one of the suspects hit the 33-year-old victim in the face with a handgun. The victim was transported by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital for a large cut above his eye.
The suspects were both described as both black males in their mid-20s. One suspect was wearing a white T-shirt or tank top with jeans and the second was wearing a white T-shirt or tank top with black pants. The second suspect was also wearing a blue and red baseball cap and he was the one armed with the handgun. The two suspects were possibly seen prior to the robbery in the company of a white female with short, very blond hair who was driving an older blue sedan. The investigation is ongoing.
The following crimes were in Monday's police log:
1300 block of Carl D Silver Pkwy., Saturday 10 p.m.: An employee at Funland reported that he heard glass breaking and saw two male subjects near a construction trailer located behind the old Shoppers Food Warehouse. Responding officers found that the windows in both of the doors on the trailer were broken and one door handle was broken off. It did appear that entry had been made to the trailer. The investigation is ongoing.
200 block of Riverside Manor Blvd., Friday 7 p.m.: A resident reported that he was in his living room when an unknown person opened the back door of his house, then quickly closed it again when a dog started barking. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
100 block of Wellington Lakes Dr., Saturday – Sunday 8 a.m. A resident reported that her vehicle was stolen from the parking lot. A short time after the victim made the report, the abandoned vehicle was found by officers on Stonewall Drive. Evidence was recovered from the vehicle and the car was returned to the owner. The investigation is ongoing.
100 block of Wellington Lakes Dr., Aug. 23 – Friday 8 a.m. A resident reported that her purse was stolen from her vehicle in the parking lot. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
1700 block of Lafayette Blvd., Friday – Saturday 8 a.m. A resident reported that one of the license plates was stolen from her vehicle. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
Wegmans, 2281 Carl D Silver Pkwy., Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. A customer reported that her vehicle was scratched and damaged in the parking lot. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
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