Va. Beach high school student robbed at gunpoint

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A student was robbed at gunpoint while walking to Tallwood High School Thursday morning in Virginia Beach.

Police say the 18-year-old high school student was in the 5400 block of Rutledge Road around 6:50 a.m. when the crime happened.

Initially, the suspect asked the victim for some money for food, seemingly panhandling. The victim said he had money, but couldn’t spare any. The suspect got irritated, pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s money

The suspect was last seen running on Old Ridge Road towards Beaufain Boulevard, in the Charlestown Lakes neighborhood of Virginia Beach.

Each day, several students walk down Rutledge Road to get to and from Tallwood High School, according to neighbors. The road borders the school.

Many say the neighborhood is safe.

“I’ve been here for 20 years, and I’ve never heard of an armed robbery,” said Gary Harmon, Sr. “That’s a first.”

Reached for comment, a spokesperson for Virginia Beach Schools stated she had not even been provided with the victim’s name, and called this a “police matter.”

Police say the suspect was described as a light-skinned, mixed race man in his 30s, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a regular build. He was wearing a black shirt, a brown coat, a gray knit cap and jeans.

Anyone in the area Thursday morning who may have witnessed anything suspicious to call the Detective Bureau at 757-385-4101 or Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.