Police: Would-be robber shot himself near high school

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — 10 On Your Side has new details on a robbery that turned deadly for one of the suspects.

In mid-October, detectives pieced together a shooting where a man was shot near Western Branch High School in Chesapeake. They quickly found out the man suffering from a gunshot wound, Traymon Richardson, was a suspect in a robbery gone wrong.

According to court documents Richardson and another man, 18-year-old Javonte Jones, were to meet a woman in the high school parking lot that night. Documents say Jones posed as a man, named Tae, who wanted to buy items from a woman on OfferUp; a website similar to Craigslist.

When she reached to get the items out of her car, police said Richardson pulled a gun on her. Jones demanded she hand over everything she had. The victim grabbed the gun and turned it around.

Documents say Jones was yelling for Richardson to shoot her, but when Richardson pulled the trigger he shot the woman in the hand and the bullet then struck him in the chest. He died at the hospital.

Jones ran, but police discovered his identity using text messages he exchanged with the victim earlier as evidence. Police arrested Jones a week later after a short pursuit.

He is in jail facing charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery charges. Wednesday 10 On Your Side spoke with Chesapeake Police about what happened.

Chesapeake Police Officer Kelly O’Sullivan said because of sites like Craigslist and OfferUp, they see more crimes like this. Police have simple ways to avoid situations like this one.

“If somebody is not willing to meet you in a well-lit busy area, but would rather meet in a place late at night that is secluded. That is common sense you don’t wanna do that,” said Officer O’Sullivan.

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