Clerk assaulted during robbery in Portsmouth

Posted at 6:06 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 18:06:24-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A clerk was assaulted on Tuesday after attempting to stop a man from stealing cigarettes.

Police officials received a 911 call at 3:02 a.m. of a robbery at the 7-Eleven in the 3200 block of George Washington Hwy.

A black male suspect wearing dark clothing, entered the business, walked behind the counter and took cigarettes.

A clerk attempted to stop the suspect and was physically assaulted. The suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The suspect was described as a black male, mid 40’s in age, about 5’10-6’0  in height, and weighed around 190 – 210 pounds, wearing a black hat, black zip up jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath, black pants, and black shoes with the white Van’s symbol.

There were no injuries reported. Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into a commercial robbery.

If you have any information about this incident, investigators urge you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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