By RORYE O’CONNOR
MT. VERNON — —
Police apprehended a man who allegedly attempted to rob two local businesses on Sunday.
Police received a call from Cozy Inn at 8:26 p.m. reporting that Christopher D. Bratton, 27, of Mt. Vernon, had been banned from the property but had returned, said Mt. Vernon Police Department Chief Chris Mendenall.
“Shortly after, Bandanas reported the same individual tried to rob them,” he said, adding that Bratton also allegedly attempted to rob a neighboring restaurant, Agave.
Bratton did not have a weapon, Mendenall said, but he implied to employees of both businesses that he was armed.
Bandanas employees called police at 8:34 p.m. and said a white man matching Bratton’s description came to the door and told an employee to give him all the money or he would shoot her. Bratton then turned around and left heading east, reports state.
Agave employees called police at 8:37 p.m., reporting Bratton tried to assault an employee and said he had a knife. Reports state Bratton then fled into the woods to the southeast, where he was apprehended by MVPD officers at 8:41 p.m.
Bratton was arrested at 12:48 a.m. Monday and charged with aggravated robbery, attempted armed robbery with no firearm, resisting/obstructing an officer and criminal trespass to land.
Police were first called at 6:59 p.m. Sunday when Bratton refused to let a woman leave his hotel room at the Cozy Inn, police reports state. The caller said he was intoxicated and causing problems, but didn’t make physical contact.
Bratton had an earlier arrest this weekend — he was also arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Saturday at 10:01 p.m. on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug equipment. He was released on $1,000 bond.