WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013
ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY:
3400 block Fall Hill Ave, 12/17 8:30 p.m. Police responded for a domestic disturbance and took
David Blanchard, 26, into custody for domestic assault and battery. While Blanchard was being
placed into the patrol vehicle, he pushed his body into the arresting officer and caused her to lose
her grip on his arm. Blanchard then fled from the scene into the woods surrounding his home.
Officers searched the area on foot and with the assistance of a city police K-9 team and a
bloodhound from the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, Blanchard was located approximately two
hours later. He was arrested without further incident. In addition to the charge for domestic
assault, Blanchard was also charged with assault on law enforcement and escape from custody.
He was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
David Blanchard/Photo: Fredericksburg P.D.
Dunning Mills Inn, 2307 Jefferson Davis Hwy, 12/16 – 12/17 9:00 a.m. Officers responded to
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center to investigate a report of a baby in the Emergency
Department with multiple fractured ribs and other injuries. It was determined that the 4-monthold
infant has been living with his mother and the mother’s boyfriend in a room at Dunning Mills
Inn. The baby was brought to the hospital by his grandmother. After locating and interviewing
the mother’s boyfriend, detectives arrested William Schmuhl, 23, of no fixed address for felony
child abuse. Schmuhl was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond. The
investigation is ongoing.
William Schmuhl/Photo: Fredericksburg P.D.
2300 block Forrest Ave, 12/13 (reported 12/17) A resident reported that an unknown person stole
luggage from the back seat of her unsecured vehicle. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
Portrait Innovations, 1520 Central Park Blvd, 12/17 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. An employee
reported that her cell phone was stolen from the counter. A possible suspect has been identified
and the investigation is ongoing.
200 block Princess Anne St, 12/16 – 12/17 12:00 p.m. A resident reported that an unknown
person slashed a tire on her vehicle. No suspects or witnesses at this time