UPDATE: Two charged for robbing Peninsula 7-Eleven stores wearing gorilla mask

Posted at 4:43 PM, Oct 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-17 18:40:13-04

UPDATE: Police have now arrested the two men they believe  robbed two 7-Eleven stores on the Peninsula. 

Hampton Police say they arrested a 17-year old boy in connection with the robbery Thursday. Then late Friday afternoon, 19-year-old Cole Alexander Martin turned himself in to Newport News Police.

The 17-year-old has been charged in Hampton with one count of robbery and one count of use of a firearm. In Newport News he has been charged with one count of robbery, one count of use of a firearm and two counts of conspiracy.

Martin will be charged  in Hampton with one count of robbery, one count of burglary while armed and one count of wearing a mask in public. In Newport News, police say Martin will be charged with one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of use of a firearm, one count of conspiracy to use a firearm, one count of wearing a mask in public, one count of possession of a firearm with a filed off serial number, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of conspiracy to wear a mask in public.

Police say he will have to face those charges in both cities.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for more updates. 

Hampton, Va. - Hampton Police and Newport News Police are now searching for a man who they say robbed two 7-Eleven stores at gunpoint while wearing a black gorilla mask.

They say the robberies happened  on October 3rd and 7th. Police say one of the robberies occurred on October 3rd at 2:20 a.m. and the other on October 7th at 3:02 a.m. The locations that were involved were the stores on Oyster Point Road and the other was in the 1st block of Beach Road.

Police say in both cases the man went into the store, pulled out a gun and after getting the money ran away from the scene. There were no customers inside of the stores when the robberies occurred.

Hampton Police tell NewsChannel 3 because this costumed crook's face is completely concealed, it will be tough finding him. That's why they are asking  you to take action against crime.

"That obviously makes it very difficult," said Hampton Police Spokesperson Cpl. Mary Shackelford.  "Which is why we are relying in you and our citizens to help us out a little. Whomever this suspect is or if somebody he knows probably has heard something about it, maybe this suspect has said something, maybe they've seen the mask or a piece of clothing,"

The man wanted is described as 5'11 - 6'1. He stands about 180 pounds and was last seen wearing a black gorilla mask, a sweatshirt and blue jeans.

If you know anything about this crime, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.