VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — One of the suspects in an armed robbery in Virginia Beach spoke to WAVY.com on Monday. He admitted he used to work at the business that police say he robbed.
The Chanello’s Pizza on Pleasure House Road, near Shore Drive, was robbed by two men according to Virginia Beach police. Police have said the suspects entered the restaurant at 12:17 a.m. and demanded money from two employees. Police said one of the suspects had an assault rifle.
As the suspects fled the scene in a red sedan, police caught up to them and attempted to pull them over. The suspects led police on a short pursuit to Northampton Boulevard and Diamond Springs Road where they crashed.
Police have identified the suspects as 21-year-old Maceo Peoples of Norfolk and 23-year-old Raphah Jones of Norfolk.
On Monday, WAVY.com interviewed Jones from the Virginia Beach Correctional Center where he denied any involvement in the robbery.
He said he is acquainted with Peoples. Police say they live on the same block and street in Norfolk.
Jones said both he and Peoples were in the car police chased on Friday morning. Jones claims he was drunk that night and at a party in the Chesapeake Beach area. He said he fell asleep. He added a third person was driving the suspect vehicle, even though police said there was only two.
“I got in a car crash,” said Jones, “And once I got in the car crash, police immediately, like, hounded on me. All I heard was, ‘We’re gonna shoot.’ So I got out of the car because the guy that was driving was gone.”
Jones said he worked at the Chanello’s on Pleasure House Road until a year ago.
“I never would put myself in a predicament where I would go somewhere where I used to work at, knowing they have a list of names of people that used to work there, that they know are here,” said Jones.
WAVY.com went to Chanello’s and asked if they knew Jones or could tell us about the situation. The employees said they could not comment.
Jones was briefly hospitalized after the crash. He told WAVY.com there is medicine he takes regularly and he hasn’t gotten that medication since being in jail.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kathy Hieatt said she can’t release an inmate’s medical information. But, she did say Jones is receiving the care doctors said he was supposed to receive, as any inmate would.