Driver beaten, robbed on Princess Anne Road

James Sparks (Photo courtesy Joy Sparks)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police say a man was jumped and beaten when he stopped his vehicle on a Virginia Beach road to move construction cones early Monday morning.

On Monday around 2 a.m., James Sparks was driving west in the 5200 block of Princess Anne Road when he noticed two large construction barrels blocking his lane of travel and stopped his vehicle to move them, according to James Cason with the Virginia Beach Police Department.

When Sparks got out of his vehicle, he saw two men nearby and asked them if they had placed the barrels in the road. Cason said the three got into an argument and the two men assaulted Sparks and stole personal items from him.

Police say Sparks received cuts on his face, but when he was transported to a local hospital, his injuries were determined to be more serious, although not life-threatening. Joy Sparks said her son ended up with broken teeth and a broken jaw and had to have surgery.

The police department told they believe the assault was an isolated incident.

The suspects are described as two white males between 20 and 30 years of age, both about six feet tall and weighing between 160 to 200 pounds. One had brown hair and some facial hair and was wearing a black or grey hooded sweatshirt. The other man had a tattoo on one wrist and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

The VBPD’s Robbery Squad is continuing to investigate the incident and asks anyone with information about it to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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