A traffic stop several hours after an unusual attempted robbery outside a York County hotel turned into an arrest and several charges for a 53-year-old Gloucester man.
Michael C. Wilson faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, appearing drunk in public, attempted robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and malicious wounding.
The chain of events began around 9 p.m. Dec. 26, when deputies were called to the Best Western Inn located in the 200 block of Bypass Road in York County’s Bruton District. A woman reported she had been standing outside the front door of the hotel talking on a cell phone when an unknown male accosted her, demanding her purse and phone.
The woman refused, and the man began to hit her repeatedly in the head, then kicked her as she fell. The woman screamed loudly for help, and the man ran off.
A search of the area, which included help from a canine unit, was fruitless. The woman was treated for her injuries and released.
Several hours later suspicious activity led deputies to stop a car near Airport and Mooretown roads. Wilson was a passenger in the car that was stopped, and information gathered at that scene led to his arrest.
Wilson was taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, where he was being held without bond.