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White House Spokesman Seized, Robbed

The White House’s spokesman in the Whitewater affair was heading home after an arduous day at the office when he was abducted at gunpoint and forced to withdraw money from automatic teller machines before being freed.

Mark Fabiani was accosted by two men in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va., on Friday night, and driven into Washington where he got the cash with credit cards and a cash card, Alexandria Police Lt. John Crawford said Monday.

Fabiani had gotten off the subway and was walking home when the two men confronted him, one of them pointing a gun, and ordered him into their car.

Television station WRC reported that the men also took Fabiani’s Rolex watch, his briefcase and a cellular telephone. The items were returned, but only after Fabiani used his credit cards and a cash card to make some $1,500 in withdrawals - about half of what the robbers demanded.

Fabiani already had had a long day prior to his abduction at 9:30 p.m., followed by 2-1/2 hours of driving around with his abductors.

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton had testified before the Whitewater grand jury in Washington on Friday afternoon, and Fabiani had spent the day responding to reporters’ questions and huddling with other White House aides.


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