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Man arrested in connection with 2 7-Eleven robberies, police pursuit

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 09:32:54-05

HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton Police arrested a suspect in connection to two 7-Eleven robberies, one on January 27 and the other February 20.

Police say the January 27 robbery took place early Monday morning around 12:38 a.m., at the 7-Eleven in the first block of Beach Road. The February 20 robbery took place in the 200 block of North Mallory Street.

According to police, Rickey Avant, 46, allegedly entered the 7-Eleven with a weapon February 20 and demanded money.

After receiving the money, Avant fled in a green four-door vehicle. When police attempted to stop his vehicle, he led police on a pursuit across multiple jurisdictions before losing control of his vehicle near exit 247 on I-64.

Police said he fled from the vehicle, but was apprehended shortly after.

Avant was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of burglary while armed, one count of possession of burglarious tools, one count of wearing a mask in public, one count of felony hit and run and one count of felony evade and elude. He remains in custody at the Hampton City Jail.