Norfolk Police actively searching for robbery suspect off Tidewater Drive

Posted at 2:55 PM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 08:26:01-05

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk Police are actively searching for a robbery suspect in the area of Tidewater Drive and Thole Street.

The robbery occurred around 1:20 p.m. at the Family Dollar store located at 618 E. Little Creek Road.

A man walked into the store, displayed a gun, and demanded money before fleeing on foot.

No one was injured.

An officer spotted the suspect a short time later and requested nearby schools to go on precautionary lockdown. A Virginia Beach Police helicopter assisted in the search, but the suspect was not found. The search remains ongoing.

Police say the suspect is a black man who is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and is possibly in is early twenties. He was last seen wearing a gray knit hat, red jacket and blue camouflage pants.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or is aware of his whereabouts is asked to call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).

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