Man arrested for violent robbery at Wild Bill’s Bar in Madison

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MADISON, Ala. -- The Madison Police Department arrested a man in connection to a July 15th robbery at Wild Bill’s Bar and Grill. Police say Kristopher Hurst is one of two men they believe assaulted a female bartender and stole from the Madison Boulevard bar.

Kristopher Bryan Hurst
(Courtesy: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

Kristopher Bryan Braden Hurst, 21,  faces two charges: first-degree Robbery and Assault. Police took Hurst into custody on Oct. 7 and later booked him into the Madison County Jail on a bond of $90,000.

The victim, Tanglia Lanford, is still recovering three months later. The cuts, scrapes and swelling are gone, but the memory of her night at work is still very real.

"I've replayed that over and over in my head," Lanford said.

Lanford was ready to close up for the night bartending at Wild Bill's in Madison when she says two young men attacked her.

"When this first happened, everybody thought I was done in," Lanford said.

Earlier this month, Madison police arrested Kristopher Hurst, one of the men who they believe pepper sprayed, punched, kicked and choked Lanford. Just weeks after the Madison robbery, he was arrested for menacing in Limestone County.

"There for a while, I was afraid to even go out and feed my dog," Lanford said.

Lanford says she hasn't been able to go back to work since the violent encounter happened on July 15th. Hurst wasn't old enough to drink in the bar, but Lanford tells me he was allowed in on more than one occasion. She tells me the two young men nearly killed her because they wanted drug money.

"I would've gladly given them the money. They didn't have to nearly kill me to get the money," Lanford said.

Lanford believes two other people, including a man and a woman, took part in the robbery. She's now hoping for an attempted murder charge.

"The silver lining for me is that they're not on the streets. And I hope they're not going to be for a long time," Lanford said.

Lanford says this week, the doctor told her she can go back to bartending. But she plans to follow the case through the legal system.

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office confirmed they arrested Hurst on August 16, a few weeks after the Madison incident, for Aggravated Menacing but released him on a $1000 bond.

MPD says they plan to arrest another suspect soon.

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