Newport News Police look for two suspects who attacked 60-year-old man

Posted at 10:19 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 22:28:31-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A despicable crime has people outraged in Newport News.

A 60-year-old man fought off two people trying to rob him, according to Newport News Police.

They said the two came from behind and hit the victim in the lower back.

Carlton Mckie lives nearby and said, “I think it’s despicable, very despicable.”

Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night police said the victim was walking on a dark, dirt pathway behind the Wawa on Jefferson Ave.

They said the victim fought them off while they went through his pockets.

The suspects didn’t get anything from the man and they got away.

The victim wasn’t able to get much of a description.

“Cowardly to hit an elderly person from behind. This is just a cowardly thing to do and I don’t know what they’re expecting to get from him,” said Stephen Lafave, a nearby resident.

“I think that’s a shame. I think you should respect your elders and respect people that are older,” said nearby resident Rodger Peebles.

Now many want the suspects caught and want less violence in their community.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them as they are still looking for these two suspects.

Call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.