Suspect arrested for robbery, shooting of NSU students

Brian M. Winston (Photo by NPD)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk detectives have arrested a 19-year-old suspect in the investigation of an early Monday morning robbery, involving two Norfolk State University students.

Police announced Wednesday that Brian M. Winston was arrested Monday evening, charged with two counts each of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and malicious wounding.

Winston is accused of robbing two NSU students in the 7-Eleven parking lot at the corner of Park Avenue and Brambleton Avenue around 3 a.m. Monday. Police say he and another suspect, who has not been identified, shot one of the victims and assaulted the other.

On Monday, investigators said the robbery outside the 7-Eleven was related a robbery that happened about 30 minutes later and a half mile away, in the 2600 block of Corprew Avenue. During that incident, a female NSU student was robbed at gunpoint, but not injured.

So far, police have not connected Winston to the Corprew Ave. robbery. Stay with WAVY.com and WAVY News 10 on the air as we look deeper into this investigation and bring you the latest developments.

NSU Vice President for Student Affairs Edward M. Willis released the following statement Wednesday about Winston’s arrest:

We are thankful that an arrest was made in connection to this unfortunate incident involving our students. We’d like to thank the Norfolk Police and NSU Police departments for their hard work investigating this crime. The heart of this institution is our students. Whenever any student from our University is victimized or injured, it affects all of us. We have complete faith in the justice system and will let the legal process take its course.

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