Virginia Beach police looking for armed robber who hid in victim’s car

Posted at 5:29 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 17:38:59-04

UPDATE: Police have arrested and charged the suspect. Click here for more information.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Police are looking for a man who they say hid in a woman's car, then stole her purse.

It happened on October 14 in the parking lot of the Lynnhaven Shopping Center, located at 1505 Lynnhaven Parkway.

The suspect got into the unlocked car and hid in the back seat until the victim came back from shopping.

Police say the woman didn't realize someone was in her backseat when she got back into the car. The suspect pulled out a knife and demanded the woman's purse.

“Pretty scary just to think that,” said Ann Melton, “There was a lot of folks trying to calm her down. I thought maybe somebody had hit her car.”

Police say after the robbery, the suspect got out of the car and ran away.

“Everyone should be aware and be watchful about everything. That's very scary,” said shopper Cherlita Wooten.

The victim was not hurt.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early to mid-20's, 5'9" to 5'11" tall and approximately 150 pounds. He had a light beard or goatee and was wearing blue jeans and a light blue horizontally striped polo shirt.

If you have any information that might help police, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.