Bladensburg council member arrested for Fairfax burglary

He says it wasn’t the apartment he thought it was, according to Fairfax County police, and now he’s in jail.

He is 41-year-old Selwyn Bridgeman and police say he’s a member of the town council in Bladensburg, Maryland.

As detectives tell the story, Bridgeman claimed he was trying to contact a friend who lives in an apartment in the 12200 block of Pender Creek Circle in Fair Oaks back in January. When the friend didn’t answer the front door Bridgeman entered the apartment through another, unlocked, door. Inside the apartment he was confronted by a barking dog and the people who lived there. They called police. It was then that Bridgeman told officrs he was in the wrong place and he was allowed to leave.

Detectives say the next day the apartment owners realized some money was missing.

Bridgeman was arrested on Saturday in Prince George’s County and is currently being held at the Department of Corrections awaiting extradition to Fairfax County. There’s nothing in the report from Fairfax County police to explain why it took nearly five month to arrest Bridgeman.

Editor’s note: A photo in earlier versions of this story was incorrectly identified as Bridgeman. We regret the error.


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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.