WOODSTOCK – Authorities have accused a Shenandoah County man of having a gun while the subject of a protective order.
Mark Alan Brown Jr. remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on charges of buying a firearm while barred by a protective order, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Brown, 22, of 573 Branch St., Strasburg, appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court where a judge did not change the defendant’s bond status. The judge ordered Brown to appear in court on June 10.
Strasburg police officer P.A. Bernd saw Brown driving a blue Chevrolet Malibu west on East Washington Street in town on Sunday, according to the criminal complaint filed with the charging documents in Shenandoah County General District Court. Bernd states he suspected, then confirmed that Brown’s license had been suspended. Bernd met with Brown in the parking lot of 225 N. Massanutten St. and detained the defendant, the complaint states.
“The accused stated that there was a firearm between the driver’s seat and console,” Bernd states. “Upon confirming that he did not have a concealed carry permit, I searched the vehicle and located a 9mm handgun, between the seat and console, covered by a sweatshirt.
“The accused is the respondent of a protective order from Winchester ... through 2020,” Bernd adds in the complaint.
The checklist completed by a magistrate to determine bail states the protective order expires Aug. 21.
Online records show Brown pleaded no contest in Winchester General District Court on Aug. 24 to two counts of violating a protective order on Aug. 2 and sentenced the defendant to serve 60-day and 90-day jail terms. A judge ordered Brown to remain on good behavior for 12 months as a condition of unsupervised probation.