HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Two men are facing charges in connection to a string of robberies on the Peninsula.
Hampton police arrested 20-year-old Olandjuwan Beale and 21-year-old Caron Walker as a result of a tip from a citizen. The robbery was reported just after 1 p.m.
Beale and Walker have each been charged with five counts of robbery, five counts of abduction and kidnapping, breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.
There were a total of five convenience store robberies on the Peninsula on Monday.
“This was a brief but terrorizing reign of robbery, a robbery spree,” Newport News Police Chief Richard Myers said Tuesday.
Both Hampton and Newport News police worked to track down the suspects, but say the real help came from two citizens.
One person called in a license plate to police. Shortly after, the pair held up a convenience store in Hampton.
Police used that information to track the suspects to a Newport News motel. A worker there described the scene to 10 On Your Side.
“It was a little scary when they first came in and approached because there were probably 30 cops, 15 cop cars, detectives,” Aleshia Kelley said. “I had to open up all the doors from the third floor to the first while they were looking.”
Police say the pair ran out a back door and another good Samaritan put his own life in danger to help.
“And without concern for their personal safety, assisted the officers by initially grabbing one of the suspects and holding them down until the officers arrived to take him into custody,” Chief Myers said.
The chief commends the citizen, but cautions against such heroic actions, saying the citizen had no idea the suspect had two loaded guns in his waistband.
Newport News police say Beale and Walker are the same suspects in the four robberies in their city; they are working to obtain warrants in connection to those incidents.
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