Caroline County man pleads guilty to four robberies
BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
A Caroline County man who police say robbed two Hanover County truck stops—one of them multiple times—will face at least 14 years in prison.Brian M. “Rudy” Braxton, 29, of Concord Road in Ruther Glen pleaded guilty to four felony counts of robbery and four counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony during a 15-minute hearing last week in Hanover Circuit Court.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 18.
According to Hanover Senior Commonwealth’s Attorney Angela O’Connor, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 14 years on the gun charges alone.
“That does not include the time he will get for the robberies,” she said.
The first of four robberies occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 4 at the Truck Stops of America at the Lewistown Road exit off Interstate 95 near 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. In Braxton’s Facebook profile picture, he is seen wearing a Camaro jacket similar to the one shown in the surveillance video.
Whitley said the same location was robbed again, twice on Jan. 7.
The first of those robberies 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 cash.
A fourth robbery occurred on Jan. 10 at the Doswell Truck Stop in the 10200 block of King’s Dominion Boulevard. There, a man identified as Braxton brandished a gun and demanded money from the clerk.
No one was hurt in any of the robberies, Whitley said.
Braxton is being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419