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Date published: 1/16/2013


A man has been charged after a robbery late Monday night at a Spotsylvania County convenience store.

According to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office, Deputy E. Perkins performed a traffic stop after seeing a man speeding away from the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Plank and Gordon roads Monday about 11:15 p.m.

After the driver was pulled over, Perkins learned of a robbery that had just occurred at the store, Pearce said.

As the deputy tried to make an arrest, the man fled, and a short pursuit began, he said. During the chase, the man's vehicle struck a tree at Falcon Ridge Drive and Old Plank Road, Pearce said.

He was arrested without incident before being transported to Mary Washington Hospital for minor injuries.

Matthew Daniel Mosher, 35, is charged with armed robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, eluding a law enforcement officer and a host of traffic violations, Pearce said.

Mosher is from King George County, but his current residence is unknown, Pearce said.

Pearce said that about $150 in cash was taken in the robbery.

Police are investigating two other robberies that occurred in Spotsylvania during the weekend.

A man with a similar description to Mosher displayed a gun and attempted to rob the Fas Mart at 3530 Plank Road about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The man ran off without any cash.

Then, about 9:50 p.m. the same day, deputies were called to the 7-Eleven in Salem Fields for another robbery. A man left with an undetermined amount of cash, Pearce said.

The cases are still under investigation.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419
Email: psmith@fredericksburg.com