Newport News man charged in robberies at two Williamsburg hotels

Craig Alexander Brodie. Image Credit: Newport News Police

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man is facing charges for two recent robberies at two Williamsburg hotels.

Williamsburg police say the robberies happened last Tuesday and Thursday.

The first was at a hotel in the 3000 block of Richmond Road (Route 60). Officers were called to the area around 10:10 p.m. on Jan. 10 for a reported robbery.

Craig Alexander Brodie. Image Credit: Newport News Police
Craig Alexander Brodie. Image Credit: Newport News Police

“She heard a knock on the door, opened it and a black male armed with a handgun forced his way into the room and demanded money,” Williamsburg Police Investigator Major Greg Riley said.

He took the money then ran from the hotel in an unknown direction.

Two days later, Williamsburg police were called to a hotel in the 500 block of York Street for a robbery. The reported details of this robbery were similar — an armed suspect robbed a person who was waiting in a room for a friend.

The suspect was later identified as 28-year-old Craig Alexander Brodie, of Newport News. Williamsburg police have charged him with abduction, robbery, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in each robbery.

Newport News police said Jan. 13 that Brodie was a person of interest in multiple robbery incidents in the city.

One of those incidents was another hotel robbery. Police believe on Jan. 2, Brodie robbed a woman at a Best Western. It was a similar crime to the two Williamsburg robberies.

Newport News police shed some light on how the encounter happened. According to investigators, the victim talked to a man on a social media site. The two arranged a meet up at the Best Western, but when a man arrived, he robbed her. Police say that suspect was also identified as Craig Brodie.

A Newport News police spokesperson tells 10 On Your Side that federal officers have also looked into Brodie, but there’s been no word yet on any federal charges.