NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – “They need to be off the street,” Newport News Detective Allison Erickson said. “They are dangerous.”
Under the cover of nightfall, Newport News police say three men pulled off a brazen robbery. It happened early Saturday, around 4 a.m., at the Newport News Computer Services Cyber Café along Stoney Creek Lane.
Police say a manager and another employee had closed up for the night and were leaving out a back exit when they were forced back inside at gunpoint.
“Three males went to approach them as they went to get in their vehicle at the end of their shift,” Erickson said. “They got in their vehicle, the males approached and then forced them back in the business.”
The group went back inside, where surveillance cameras were rolling. Police hope the video holds the key to finding the robbers.
“At a glance, it might look like we don’t have a whole lot to work with,” Erickson said. “One of the suspects in particular has a bit more of a unique build. He is heavy set male. You can see him walking in the video at one point, and somebody might recognize his build, the way he walks.”
The three suspects — all who had guns — went over to the register and grabbed what they could. They left out the backdoor, but what they didn’t know was that one of the employees also had a gun.
“As they fled, shots were fired between one of the employees and the suspect,” Erickson said.
Not one was hit, but the thieves did get away. Police hope they won’t be on the loose for long so no one else gets hurt.
“Three males coming in a business like that in the middle of the night exchanging gunfire, somebody could have been killed,” Erickson said.
Suspect descriptions provided by the employees, via the Newport News Police Department:
- Suspect #1: Described as a black male in his mid-20s with a light to medium complexion, about 5’8”-6’ tall and weighing 230 to 300 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing and a black mask and was armed with a handgun.
- Suspect #2: Described as a black male in his late teens to mid-20s with a dark complexion, about 5’8”-6’ tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black mask and was armed with a handgun.
- Suspect #3: Described as a black male in his late teens to mid-20s with a medium complexion, about 5’9” and weighing about 150 pounds. He was wearing a gray t-shirt and a black mask and was armed with a handgun.
Anyone with information about the incident should call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.