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Samuel Butler cancer patient robbed, three arrested

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A third suspect is in custody for the robbery and beating of a cancer patient, while a fourth man remains at large.

Samuel Butler, a cancer patient, was the victim of the robbery.

Police said they arrested David Arrington, 23, whose last known address is in Colonial Beach. He was arrested in Spotsylvania Wednesday night and charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The baton and handgun used during the robbery were also recovered.

The same charges are pending against Jeremy Arrington, 24, David’s brother. Jeremy was last seen in Spotsylvania County, but his current whereabouts are unknown.

It is believed that one of the four suspects stayed with the vehicle during the incident.

Police have taken in a white SUV registered to the mother of one of the suspects arrested last night.

Cancer patient Samuel Butler was beaten and robbed of his rent money and medications.

Police previously arrested Christopher Kyle Deviers, 25, and Chad Wallace Lumpkin, 25, both of Spotsylvania. They were arrested in their homes without incident and charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Both are being held in the Rappahannock jail without bond. Police said the two men robbed Butler at about 6 p.m. Monday night.

During the robbery, the suspects allegedly stormed in and demanded money and pills from Butler at his residence on Altoona Drive in Fredericksburg. When he resisted, one of the suspects struck him in repeatedly in the chest with a metal baton.

“One had a gun, one beat me with a steel baton,” Butler told ABC7.

After he collapsed to the ground, Butler emptied his pockets and handed over his rent money and precious pain medication. The thieves, however, left his other medications.

“I am shocked,” said Lumpkins’ neighbor Ann Gallihugh. “I just don't think he would he do that.”

At first, those who know suspects Lumpinks and Kyle Deviers didn’t want to speak. But Lumpkins’ brother eventually spoke to ABC7.

“We are good kids we we're raised Christian,” he said.

Though Neil Limpkins is convinced his brother had nothing to do with the assault and robbery, he does say that weeks ago his brother mentioned a man with cancer had lost his vocal chords and had pain pills.

He also offers up a reason why the crime took place.

“He probably just got his prescriptions filled and they thought he's old,” he said.

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