Police: Armed man robs 2 W&M students, fires shot


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Two William & Mary students were reportedly robbed Wednesday night.

Williamsburg Police Major Greg Riley tells WAVY.com officers originally responded to New Hope Road near Richmond Road and Bypass Road (Route 60) around 8 p.m. for a robbery with shots fired.

When police arrived on scene, they found two William & Mary students who said they had been robbed on New Hope Road. Major Riley says the suspect implied he was armed and told the students to give him everything they had.  The students complied.

According to Riley, the suspect told the students to walk towards Richmond Road.  “As they were walking away, that particular individual fired one round into the air.  Our victims then ran from the area and the subject fled in an unknown direction,” said Major Riley.

No one was hurt, but many people are concerned.

“I’m definitely surprised,” said Jessica Riddick, who just moved to Williamsburg from Portsmouth. “I thought we were leaving that behind in the city and coming to a quieter place.  It’s disappointing to hear that something like that would go on here. My children are here, they go to school here.”

Students at William & Mary were notified by texts and emails sent by the college.

“I got it and saw the words ‘armed robbery’ and checked out the text. I just wanted to make sure that I was aware,” said John Satira, who is a law student at William & Mary. “Whenever you see in a text message something about shots being fired, it’s not something you expect to see.”

Police described the suspect as a black male, about 20-years-old, wearing dark-colored jacket and dark colored pants.

If you know anything about this incident, you’re asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or the Williamsburg Police Department at 757-220-2331.