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Town councilman arrested for burglary

BLADENSBURG – Bladensburg town councilmember Selwyn Bridgeman was arrested on May 12 on burglary charges. According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Bridgeman, 41, allegedly tried to visit an acquaintance in an apartment complex in Fairfax, Virginia, in late January. However, he approached the wrong residence. After his acquaintance did not open the door, Bridgeman entered through an unlocked entrance.

The residents’ dog began barking and alerted them to Bridgeman’s presence. They confronted him, and the councilmember left when he realized that he was in the wrong home. The residents later discovered money missing from their home and contacted the police.

Bridgeman is in the Department of Corrections in Prince George’s and will be extradited to Fairfax County.

Bridgeman’s court date is set for June 26 at the Fairfax County General District Court.

Bladensburg town officials directed calls to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Bridgeman lost the race for the town mayor in the fall. One of the other candidates filed a restraining order against him for threatening social media posts.

Days after the election, Bridgeman alleged supporters of that candidate set him on fire.

 

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