Virginia Beach Police arrest armed robbery suspect accused of hiding in victim’s car

Posted at 5:34 PM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 23:28:30-04

Charles Michael Kleber

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

Charles Michael Kleber, 39, has been charged with robbery, entering or setting in motion a vehicle, solicitation to commit a misdemeanor and revocation of suspended sentence.

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

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

According to police, 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.

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

Anne Melton works at Brooklyn NY Pizza located right next to the parking lot where the robbery happened.

Melton said she saw the victim upset after the incident and witnessed the police search for the suspect.

She and others said they were relieved someone was arrested for this crime.

The victim was not hurt.

Kleber is scheduled for court at the end of the month.