Man has broken nose, stitches after armed robbery in Newport News

Posted at 1:36 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 23:40:14-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A man spoke to only News 3 about the terrifying moments of an armed robbery on June 5th.

Around 7 p.m., police say Carlos Alvarado was walking on Forrest Drive at Jefferson Avenue when a two-door vehicle pulled up and a Hispanic man exited from the passenger side.

The suspect demanded the phone and all of his property. Alvarado complied and then was hit in the head with a small, black handgun. The suspect then returned to the waiting vehicle, which was driven by a white female.

"He broke my nose and I got 8 stitches," says Alvarado. "I'm scared because I never know when I go out where I'm going to find this guy."

Police say a similar robbery occurred around 2 a.m. when the victim was walking home on Sierra Drive. The victim told police that a vehicle pulled up behind him and a Hispanic male exited the vehicle from the passenger side. The suspect approached the victim with a small, black handgun and took the victim's cell phone.

Detective Lloyd LeGrande says he feels there may be other victims.

"That particular area has a lot of Latinos in it," says Detective LeGrande. "Speaking with citizens there we found out that they are not reporting crimes to the police due to the fact that there's a language barrier and also the threat to arrest them for deportation."

The suspect is described as a tall Hispanic male, with a skinny face and curly hair. He was wearing blue jeans and was armed with small black semiautomatic handgun.

If you know anything about these robberies from individuals call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.