Man, woman charged in Portsmouth Family Dollar robbery

Ashley S. Bern, Antonio M. Holley, Jr. (Photos: Portsmouth police)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Police have arrested two suspects in the armed robbery of a Family Dollar in Portsmouth Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were called to the store in the 1500 block of High Street around 12:22 p.m. According to detectives, a woman entered the store and demanded money from an employee at gunpoint. The employee complied with the woman’s demands. No one was hurt.

Police said the suspect was identified as 27-year-old Ashley S. Bern, of Portsmouth. She was arrested early Wednesday morning and has been charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Investigators also charged 28-year-old Antonio M. Holley, Jr., also of Portsmouth, with robbery and use of a firearm.

Bern and Holley are currently in the custody of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office.