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Virginia Robbery Victim Forced to Swim Across River: Police

The suspects took the victim's wallet and cell phone, according to police



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    The victim of an armed robbery in Virginia was ordered to swim across the Potomac River, United States Park Police say.

    The victim was near the first scenic overlook on the George Washington Memorial Parkway between 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday when he was robbed at gunpoint, police said Friday. His wallet and cell phone were taken, police said.

    The victim was then forced to enter the Potomac River and told to swim across, police said. Authorities said he was able to reach the shore on the D.C. side of the river, where he alerted police.

    Police weren't immediately able to provide more details.

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    They said two suspects were detained but were later released without being charged because they couldn't be positively identified as the attackers.

    Police have not provided any suspect information.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 202-610-8730.

    During the course of the search, a Park Police officer experienced heat-related distress and was taken by helicopter to a local hospital. The officer was later released.

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    The creepy-looking creature was actually born on July 1 but has only emerged from its secluded nesting box for the first time this week.

    The species of lemur (formally known as Daubentonia madagascariensis) are unique in that they have an unusually large middle finger and are associated with doom in their native Madagascar. Natives there believe that if an aye-aye points its long finger at you, death is not far away.

    Zookeepers expressed their excitement at the birth although they only saw the baby recently as it has been hiding in its nest box.

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