VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – An officer in Virginia Beach is recovering after police say they were stabbed overnight by a suspect in a robbery.
Police say an officer was flagged down on Shore Drive, off Pleasure House Road, just after 2:30 a.m. by someone claiming they had been assaulted and robbed by someone armed with a gun.
The suspect fled the area, but was later tracked down less than a half mile away on Price Circle by a K9 officer, and was taken into custody. The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by EMS.
Officers were later called to a home on Victory Road around 2:45 a.m. for a report of a domestic situation. A 17-year-old boy became uncooperative, and as officers tried to detain him, he stabbed one of the officers with a knife.
The teen was arrested at the scene and later charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer.
It’s all very surprising for the people who live in Bradford Acres, a neighborhood where some have lived for decades.
“Typically we don’t have much crime here,” said Bill Barnett, who heads up the neighborhood watch program.
Blood was in the street next to a pickup truck that was parked in front of a home where neighbors say the violent arrest took place.
“It’s a pretty quiet neighborhood. I’ve been here since 1978,” Barnett said. “We know everybody in the neighborhood.”
Police have yet to identify either of the 17 year old suspects, and one faces an attempted murder charge.
But Barnett is determined to maintain the quiet way of life.
“This is a great place to live and a great place to grow up. One incident won’t change any of that.”
Police say the officer, an 8-year veteran of the department, was later released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
Police say investigators determined the teen was also involved in the assault and robbery that happened earlier on Shore Drive. He is faced with additional charges of robbery, malicious assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Police say the first suspect in the robbery, also a 17-year-old boy, was charged with robbery, conspiracy and use of a firearm in a felony.
Both teens are being held without bond.