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Police K9 brings down wanted man

A man wanted on charges in Stafford County and Fredericksburg was apprehended Sunday after he unsuccessfully tried to outrun a dog, police said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said Stafford deputies went to a home on Club House Road in England Run off U.S. 17 after receiving information that the suspect was staying there. Kennedy said deputies knocked on the door about 2:25 p.m. and learned that the suspect was in the basement.

Two deputies went into the home while Deputy Bo Truslow and his police dog, Xander, waited outside.

Moments later, Kennedy said, a sliding glass door opened and the suspect looked at Truslow and the dog. Truslow warned the man not to run, but he did anyway and was apprehended a short distance from the door.

Brian Kevin Blair, 19, of Stafford was treated for dog bites before being placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond. He is charged in Stafford with failing to appear in court on a drug charge, contempt of court and a probation violation.

In Fredericksburg, Blair is charged with robbery and malicious wounding. City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said those charges stem from a Sept. 17 incident in the 3300 block of Fall Hill Avenue in which a 23-year-old man was beaten and had a small amount of cash removed from his pocket.

The victim suffered a broken jaw that required surgery, Bledsoe said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404