FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014
800 block Sophia St, 8/7 11:40 p.m. Four females, ages 29-38 and all from Locust Grove, were
walking back to their cars in the parking lot after spending time together at a downtown
restaurant. The four had split up into pairs as they returned to their vehicles when one of the
women noticed a man running in the direction of her and her friend. When the man got close, he
grabbed the woman’s purse and pushed her to the ground with enough force that she hit her head
on the pavement. The woman and her friend began screaming, and the suspect also grabbed the
second woman’s purse and took off.
When the second pair of females heard the other women yelling and saw their friend on the
ground and a man running away, they started chasing after the suspect. The two women caught
up with the suspect and knocked him to the ground, punching and kicking him as they tried to
hold him down. The suspect was able to free himself and got up and ran away, but the women
chased him down a second time. One of the women was punched in the face twice during the
ensuing struggle. The suspect dropped one of the purses he had stolen and one of the women
wrestled the second purse away from him before the offender once again fled.
When officers arrived on the scene, an ambulance was called to check on the first victim, but she
did not require transport to the hospital. Officers also summoned assistance from the
Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office. Officers searched the area and two K-9 teams from
Spotsylvania County attempted to track the suspect, but he was not located.
The suspect is described as a white male in his early to mid 20s, 5’7” – 5’10” and approximately
180 pounds, and with straight hair that almost reached his shoulders. He was wearing a black
tank top, khaki shorts, and a black ball cap turned backwards. The investigation is ongoing.
Walmart, 1800 Carl D Silver Pkwy, 8/7 8:00 a.m. A loss prevention employee reported that an
unknown person stole a large number of used batteries from an outside secured locker. The
investigation is ongoing.
Virginia War Memorial, 500 George St, 7/1 – 8/1 9:00 p.m. A board member of the
Fredericksburg Memorial Area Council reported that an unknown person threw a large glass
candle into one of the walls containing engraved names, causing approximately $5000 in
damage. The investigation is ongoing.
Joshua Garrett, 26, of Montross was arrested for possession of marijuana.
Myleka Murphy, 24, of Spotsylvania was arrested for public intoxication, resisting arrest,
indecent exposure, and assault on law enforcement.
Joseph Watson, 42, of Stafford was arrested for public intoxication.
Quentin Bryant, 20, of Spotsylvania was arrested for possession of marijuana.