Stafford man faces armed robbery charges
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
A Stafford County man was arrested Thursday in connection with an attempted armed robbery last week at a home in the northern part of the county, police said.
Christian Channing Bridges, 24, is charged with attempted robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, conspiracy, assault by mob and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said Detective Michelle Gibbons developed Bridges as a suspect and broadcast a lookout Thursday.
A short time later, at 1:38 p.m., Deputy Bo Truslow spotted Bridges riding in a car on Worth Road and he and Sgt. Chris Truslow made a traffic stop.
The driver of the car was released after speaking briefly with a deputy.
Kennedy said that after Bridges was ordered out of the car he started looking around, but Bo Truslow warned him he would release his police dog “Havoc” if he fled. He did not.
Kennedy said police found a jar with multiple bags of marijuana in the vehicle and added the drug charge to the warrants Gibbons had already obtained.
Police said the attempted robbery took place July 11 on Tolbelt Court off of Mine Road in the Townes of Hampton Oaks. A 19-year-old man and his 17-year-old girlfriend were sitting on the front stoop when between six and eight young men approached from different directions.
One of them displayed a handgun and ordered the girl into the home. The others stayed outside, where they kicked and punched the male victim.
The robbery attempt ended abruptly when the girl told the gunman there were other people in the home. He left, and moments later the male victim rushed inside and said the others were gone as well.
The Sheriff’s Office wasn’t called until well after an hour later, Kennedy said. The male victim explained that he needed time to “cool off.”
Kennedy said Gibbons is still trying to determine the identities of the other assailants.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404