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Helena man accused of robbery with a flare gun

Posted at 6:23 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 20:38:58-05

A Helena Man is accused of robbing someone with a flare gun.

31-year-old Christopher James Vanlandingham appeared via video in Lewis and Clark Justice Court on the charge of felony robbery.

Helena Police responded to America’s Best Value Inn on Friday November 1 for a potential assault.

According to court documents, Vanlandingham gained entry to the room of a person, began assaulting them, brandished a flare gun and demanded their phone and money.

Officers located him on November 3rd at a casino in Helena.

Police say Vanlandingham admitted to the assault, brandishing the flare gun and accidentally firing a round into his own leg.

He has also been charged with accountability to robbery for a second event that is alleged to have happened on November 2nd.

Bond was set at $50,000.

He will make his plea before District Court on November 27.