Portsmouth police searching for suspect in BP gas station robbery

Posted at 10:19 PM, Jul 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-17 18:09:16-04

Portsmouth, Va. – The Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are looking for a suspect in the armed robbery that occurred at a BP Gas Station on the evening of Sunday, July 12th.

Dispatch received a call at 9:37 PM that the gas station located in the 3500 block of High Street was robbed.

According to detectives, the suspect entered the business, displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the employees. The employee complied with the suspect's demand, and the suspect then fled on foot with cash from the business.

No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male who is approximately 6' - 6'2" tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing black clothing, blue gloves, and a mask covering his face. The suspect was armed with a silver handgun. Police say that the suspect is armed and dangerous.

Portsmouth detective Misty Holley said they believe that this incident is related to the other robberies that have occurred recently in the 3500 block of High Street. The Shell Gas Station at that location was robbed on June 19, and a sub shop called Greater Grinders was robbed on June 29.

Anyone with information about this incident or who can identify the suspect pictured is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.