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Detectives Search for Link in New Home Invasion Case



NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – Another home invasion happened in North Stafford, and this time the alleged invaders were stabbed.

Stafford sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the Widewater subdivision, just off U.S. 1, at 1:58 a.m. after a man and his wife were held hostage at knife point for one hour. Three men entered the home and, restrained the man and female residents, and the male was forced to walk through his house and identify valuables. During the walk, the victim was assaulted numerous times, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

After about an hour, the intruders then split up and went through the house, and the male victim grabbed a kitchen knife and challenged the two men out of fear they would harm his wife, said Kennedy.

A struggle ensued and two of the suspects were stabbed. Afterward, all three suspects fled the scene.

After arriving on scene, deputies found one of the suspects nearby suffering from a stab wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he continues to receive treatment for the wound, said Kennedy.

A second juvenile ran home and was greeted by his mother, who took the suspect to a hospital for treatment for his stab wound. Once treated, the second juvenile was turned over to Stafford authorities.

A third suspect, 18-year-old Terry Alfredo Welch, of 42 Brooke Crest Lane in Stafford, turned himself into authorities just after noon Tuesday. He is charged with one count of breaking and entering at night while armed and with one count of attempted robbery, said Kennedy.

The two 16-year-old suspects face charges of breaking and entering, assault, abduction, conspiracy to commit a felony, said Kennedy.

Detectives are looking into the possibility that this case may be linked to another home invasion in the same neighborhood on May 21. During that incident, a man and woman were tied and bound, made to strip naked, and the man was also forced to walk around his home and identify valuables.


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