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Disabled Chesapeake vet robbed at gunpoint wants neighbors to protect themselves

Posted at 5:26 PM, Oct 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-07 17:26:02-04

A Chesapeake man says he was robbed at gunpoint in a parking lot near Seaboard Avenue and Phillips Street a few weeks ago. Now he wants to take action and protect themselves.

Disabled veteran Ronnie Todd and his seven-year-old son Tre’Sean had just gotten Chinese food on the night of August 29th when they were robbed not far from their South Norfolk home.

“We come in through the lot and we heard the gravel, so I had his hand. I turned around and I saw four individuals,” Todd says.

Todd says the four young people got away with $1,800 because he was on his way to get a money order and pay rent.

Todd says young people in the area are targeting older people and he now wants them to take action and protect themselves when walking late at night.

“I want them to be more cautious, keep their eyes open,” he says.

Isiah Tyler

Isiah Tyler

Chesapeake Police have arrested 19-year-old Isiah Tyler and a 14-year-old in connection with the robbery.

But Todd says two more are still out there. And he says the hardest part in all of this is seeing what his son is going through.

“He has nightmares at night. If he hears the slightest sound, he runs and hides. He crawls under the table. It’s heartbreaking to see that,” Todd says.

Todd says he’s not sure how he’s paying his rent this month but hopes his story is a warning for others.

“I’m hoping by doing this, it might save some other older or elderly person. They won’t have to experience what we’re going through. “