Hotel armed robbery suspect in custody, Williamsburg Police say

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A 28-year-old Newport News man, Craig Alexander Brodie, is in custody and has been charged in connection with two armed robberies at Williamsburg hotels earlier this month, police say. (Courtesy Newport News Jail)

A Newport News man is in custody and has been charged in connection with two recent armed robberies at Williamsburg hotels, police say.

Craig Alexander Brodie, 28, has been charged with two counts each of abduction, robbery and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony stemming from incidents on Jan. 10 and Jan. 12, 2017, according to a release from the Williamsburg Police Department.

On Jan. 10, a woman reported to police that she was waiting for a friend in a motel room in the 3000 block of Richmond Road around 10:10 p.m. when a person knocked on her door.

The woman said a man armed with a handgun forced his way inside her room when she opened the door and demanded money. She gave the man an undetermined amount of cash, and he fled in an unknown direction, according to police.

On Jan. 12, deputies responded to a hotel in the 500 block of York Street around 10:25 p.m. after receiving reports of a robbery. Upon arrival, the officers spoke to the victim who told police she was waiting for a friend to stop by. When the victim opened the door, the suspect, who was described as a black male, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The victim gave the suspect an undetermined amount of cash and he fled in an unknown direction.

Brodie turned himself in to Newport News Police on unrelated matters on Jan. 13. He was served with arrest warrants related to the Williamsburg offenses while he was in custody in the Newport News Jail.