Suspect sought for Norfolk business robbery

Bruce Howland

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A man determined to commit a robbery went to a second business after he was denied money at the first, according to Norfolk Police.

Around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call about an attempted robbery at the Chinatown restaurant at 720 Church Street. An employee there told police a man walked in and handed over a note demanding money, that also implied he had a weapon. When the employee refused to give him any money, the suspect left and walked to the Subway restaurant next door. Police say he gave the employee at Subway the same note demanding money. This time, the employee complied. A concerned citizen tried to detain the suspect as he left the store, but he was able to run away.

The suspect has been identified as 42-year-old Bruce Howland of Holt Street. He is wanted for robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

If you know where police can find Howland, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. You can remain anonymous.

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