Robbery, abduction suspect speaks with 10 On Your Side

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police have arrested a man for two incidents on Rosemont Road.

Raymond Ernest Ellis, 63, is charged with attempted abduction, attempted malicious assault, carjacking, robbery, abduction, and two counts of forcible sodomy.

The first incident happened Jan. 16 when a woman was approached by a man in the parking lot of a Chinese food restaurant located at 217 S Rosemont Road.

Police say this man attempted to force her into her car at knifepoint. He reportedly fled when the victim started screaming for help.

The second incident happened Jan. 26 when a suspect asked a man for a ride in the Wawa parking lot. During the ride, the suspect pulled out a knife, abducted, robbed and sexually assaulted the victim.

Police identified Ellis as the suspect and arrested him late Wednesday night.

Ellis spoke to WAVY.com from Virginia Beach City Jail on Thursday. He said he didn’t know about the incidents and claimed his innocence.

“I committed no crime,” said Ellis. “This one time I’m not going to take no time because I didn’t do it.”

Ellis referred to having serve time before in a Pennsylvania prison. He said he was released in June 2015 after spending 32 years behind bars for a rape convinction in York County.

Ellis said he does carry a pocketknife and often walks to the area around the Wawa and restaurant.

Ellis’ landlord and roommate said he didn’t know of problems related to the incidents. He confirmed Ellis would often leave at night and said he was going on walks. The roommate said he was aware Ellis had a pocketknife.

Ellis said his first court appearance is on Friday morning. The information was not uploaded on the Virginia Courts site.

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