For the first time, a local businessman got a look at the suspect that police say, attacked his father. TV3 brought you the exclusive surveillance video when it happened, and now, police say, our story helped crack the case.
"I said, wow, that fast? How did they find the guy," said China Wok Owner's son Bin Wang.
That's almost all Bin could say when we told him that Christopher Golladay was arrested and charged for robbing his dad at knife point in January. We stood by him when he broke the news to his dad, Min Wang, over the phone. "He said wow, where did the police catch him?" said Bin.
His father had a lot of other questions about the man he confronted for trying to steal from his restaurant. "How old, did he say anything, is he hurt?" asked Bin. He said he was constantly checking surveillance video to see if he could figure out who the man was.
When Bin was shown the mug-shot, he said he had seen the man before. "Yeah, once in a while he comes to the shop," said Bin. He was shocked that he recognized the man suspected of attacking his dad.
He said he thought he was a good guy. "Yeah, why he did this I don't know," said Wang.
Police said they were able to track down Golladay with the help from our story, talking to folks in the community, and a mark on his forehead, which surveillance video showed, could be from Bins Father, Min, launching a jar at him. "I showed the video to all of my friends and they all said, wow, your dad is awesome," said Wang.
Police caution that they don't want people to take matters into their own hands. "Thankfully this type of criminal activity doesn't occur that often in our community. So, we're thankful that the investigators were able to find the suspect we believe is responsible," said Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley.
Golladay is charged with armed robbery, attempted malicious wounding, and destruction of property. He's due in court March 18th for trial and is being held in Shenandoah County Jail without bond.