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Salisbury Man Arrested After Church Standoff

4:48 PM, Jan 27, 2013   |    comments
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SALISBURY, NC -- A man who took more than $2 million from friends and charities is back in custody after his arrest at an armed standoff at a Salisbury church.

Authorities said 52-year-old John Knox Bridges was arrested Saturday evening at Maupin Avenue ARP Church in Salisbury. A judge had issued a fugitive warrant Friday when Bridges didn't attend his sentencing in federal court in Charlotte.

The Charlotte native stole $600,000 from the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation while he served on the foundation's board. He was also accused of taking $600,000 from North Carolina fresco artist Ben Long.

He pleaded guilty in February 2012 to money laundering and securities fraud. Under the plea agreement with prosecutors, Bridges was expected to serve between five and six years in prison.

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