Caroline man arrested in truck stop robberies
BY PORTSIA SMITH
A Caroline County man faces charges involving a string of armed robberies at truck stops in Hanover County—three at the same location, police say.
The first robbery occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 4 at the Truck Stops of America at the Lewistown Road exit in Ashland, said Lt. Chris Whitley of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
After displaying a handgun and demanding money from the clerk, the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, Whitley said.
The robber was wearing a unique “Camaro” jacket in surveillance footage.
Whitley said the same location was robbed again, twice on Jan. 7.
The first robbery occurred at the service desk at 2:45 a.m. Moments later, a second robbery involving the same man occurred at the fuel desk, which is located in a different area of the truck stop, Whitley said.
During both incidents, the suspect displayed a gun and demanded money from a clerk. The suspect then fled on foot with money.
A fourth robbery occurred on Jan. 10 at the Doswell Truck Stop in the 10200 block of King’s Dominion Boulevard. There, a man brandished a gun and demanded money from the clerk.
No one was hurt in any of the robberies, Whitley said.
Brian M. “Rudy” Braxton, 28, of Concord Road in Ruther Glen is charged with four felony counts of robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and five counts of abduction in Hanover General District Court. The abduction charges are for the five clerks who were held against their will at gunpoint, authorities said.
In his Facebook profile picture, he is seen wearing a Camaro jacket similar to the one shown in the surveillance video.
Braxton is being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail pending arraignment.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419