For Immediate Release - September 30, 2008

Commonwealth v. Clyde Bridges

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that Clyde Bridges pled guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to charges of Armed Robbery and Armed Assault with intent to Rob. The Honorable Judge Gary Nickerson sentenced Bridges to 10 years to15 years committed MCI Cedar Junction for these two crimes, with 5 years probation after the committed sentence.

The charges stem from two separate incidents in the town of Barnstable, village of Hyannis occurring three days apart. On May 8, 2008 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Bridges watched from behind a bush as a pizza delivery man returned to his car parked along side of the road. Bridges placed a small revolver replica, later determined to be a cigarette lighter, in the back of the neck of the delivery man and demanded his money. Bridges instructed the man to get in his car and turn off the lights and then he took the money and fled.

On May 11, 2008 at approximately 9:00 p.m. Bridges went into the Four Square Church on Main Street during the church services stood in the back and placed money in the collection basket. Forty minutes later Bridges returned masked and brandishing the replica revolver. He demanded the collection money threatening to shoot. Members of the congregation tackled Bridges as he attempted to flee out the church door. Barnstable Police arrived as several parishioners had Bridges restrained on the ground. The weapon was recovered and upon police questioning Bridges admitted to the robbery of the pizza delivery man.

# # # #