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3 arrested in Chesterfield knife-point robbery may be linked to crime spree

Posted at 2:35 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 17:53:31-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – Police identified three people arrested in connection to the Tuesday night robbery of a BP gas station in Chesterfield County. Michael T. Carter, 28, of the 1700 block of Anderson Highway in Powhatan, robbed the gas station, while Joseph E. Carter, 30, and Brittney N. Matthews, 27, waited inside the getaway vehicle, according to police.

Michael Carter entered the gas station, at 13721 Hull Street Road, displayed a knife and demanded money from the cashier while Joseph Carter and Brittney Matthews waited in the car. He fled the area with cash. No one was injured during the crime.

Joseph E. Carter, Michael T. Carter, 28, and Brittney N. Matthews

The knife-wielding robber, a man, and a woman were apprehended a short time later during a traffic stop on Route 60 in Powhatan.

Michael Carter and Brittney Matthews were arrested and charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Joseph Carter was arrested and charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and two counts of possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance.

Joseph and Michael are brothers, police said. Joseph Carter and Matthews are in a relationship.

Detectives are investigating whether Michael Carter, Joseph Carter and/or Matthews were involved in more than a dozen knife-point robberies in the Richmond area in recent weeks.

Chesterfield Police say they are working with police departments in Richmond, Hanover, and Henrico to see if the trio can be linked to the other cases.

Police said additional charges are pending.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips, photos, and video here.

Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.