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Suspected robber arrested two blocks from the scene of the crime
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Date published: 6/2/2010
BY KEITH EPPS
An armed robbery suspect was arrested Monday evening, less than 30 minutes after an 83-year-old woman was robbed two blocks away.
Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the woman and her 22-year-old granddaughter came to visit someone in the 1200 block of Prince Edward Street about 6:30 p.m.
The younger woman had just gotten out of the passenger seat when she was approached by two young men.
Bledsoe said one of them pointed a handgun at the woman and ordered her to give up her purse.
The woman told police that after she "froze," the suspect ripped the purse off her shoulder, breaking the straps.
At the same time, Bledsoe said, the second suspect leaned into the vehicle and pointed his gun at the older woman, who was still behind the wheel.
He took her purse, and the two suspects ran down Prince Edward toward Lewis Street. Neither victim was injured.
Bledsoe said a witness who lives on Prince Edward saw the suspects running away. The witness told police they met up with a third young man and all three headed toward the Central Rappahannock Regional Library downtown.
An officer checked the library and before 7 p.m. spotted a man matching the description of one of the robbers. He was still wearing a red shirt with a distinctive design that resembled the witness's description.
Bledsoe said the older victim and the witness who saw the suspects running both identified the man as one of the suspects.
Andre Joelle Liggans, 24, of Fredericksburg was charged with two counts of robbery and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
Bledsoe said police are still trying to identify the other two suspects.
The victims' credit cards were used at businesses in Fredericksburg and in Spotsylvania after the robbery.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404