VBPD: Armed suspect at large after robbery, hostage let go

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Two suspects let a hostage go unharmed after a street robbery in Virginia Beach Friday night. One armed suspect remains at large. The other suspect was injured by officer gunfire.

Virginia Beach Police Detectives have obtained warrants for Louis Vasquez, 18, of the 5900 block of Blackpoole Lane. Vasquez has been charged with robbery, abduction and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

The robbery happened just before 7:30 p.m. in the 5300 block of Wesleyan Drive. Dispatchers said they got a 911 call about two women being robbed at gunpoint by two men. Vasquez and another suspect allegedly got away with a wallet and cell phones.

Around 8:10 p.m., officers located the armed suspects at the Boost Mobile store at 649 Newtown Road, which is at the intersection with Baker Road. Police say the suspects took a citizen hostage, placed a gun to the victim’s head and exited the store.

The suspects then fled the scene on foot, leaving the hostage free and unharmed.

Officers ran after the suspects. At some point, an officer and Vasquez exchanged gunfire in a dark alleyway off Baker Road.

“I heard a pow-pow, two gun shot,” said Briana Butler, who was walking nearby. “So I began walking again and I heard another gun shot.”

Vasquez was hit by officer gunfire multiple times, according to police. Officers gave Vasquez first aid until medics rushed him to a local hospital, police said. He is currently in an Intensive Care Unit.

Police are actively searching for the second suspect who is armed and dangerous. He is described as an African-American man with short dark hair. Police say he is about 18 years old and was wearing dark clothing.

No police officers were injured.

WAVY News’ Liz Palka confirmed Virginia Beach’s police chief, Jim Cervera, was at the scene near Baker Road Friday night.

No further information has been released. Stay with WAVY.com as we gather more information about this story.

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