Woman robbed at gunpoint in Newport News apartment complex

Posted at 7:24 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 23:28:41-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va - Police are looking for suspects after they say a 46-year-old woman was robbed while exiting her car in an apartment complex.

It happened in the 500 block of Purlieu Drive shortly before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. That's in Forrest Landing Apartments.

Police say the woman had just pulled into a parking spot near the rental office when an unknown male suspect suddenly appeared with a gun and demanded her purse.

The man eventually took the purse, which contained cash and credit cards, and ran southbound onto Woods Road while the female victim ran toward an apartment building.

The entire incident was captured on surveillance.

Neighbors tell News 3 they were unaware the crime happened and they're surprised.

"Now I feel like I need to carry some mace and watch my back in my own backyard. I don't feel like I should have to do that," said Janay Faison, who's lived at Forrest Landing for a year. "This is one place where you should feel safe is in your own home."

"If they could put some security police or somebody out here to patrol the neighborhood a little bit more and a little bit better that would help," said Deon Warren who's lived in the complex for two years. "Hopefully he'll get caught before he do that to the next person."

Police are still investigating, but hope the surveillance video can help lead to the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-800-LOCK-U-UP.