PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Criminal Investigations Division are looking for one suspect who robbed and assaulted a 60-year-old man in the parking lot of a local Food Lion.
The second teenage suspect was taken into custody and charged with the assault.
Around 7:27 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, dispatchers got a call about a 60-year-old man who was lying in the parking lot of the Food Lion located in the 2000 block of Victory Boulevard with multiple injuries. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Officers said two unknown male suspects robbed and assaulted the victim before running from the parking lot in the direction of Victory Boulevard.
Surveillance photos of the suspects can be found above.
On Tuesday Portsmouth Emergency Communications received a call in the 2300 Block of Victory Blvd. about a suspicious male that matched the description of the male suspect that assaulted the 60-year-old man. Officers arrived and found a 16-year-old male that was confirmed to be the suspect and took him in custody without incident. The suspect was wearing distinct clothing that was worn at the time of the robbery when he was arrested, police said.
Charges were obtained against that suspect to include Robbery, Robbery Conspiracy, Malicious Wounding and Credit Card Theft. The teenager was turned over to Chesapeake Juvenile Services and was denied bond Wednesday in a hearing.
The second suspect, that is accused of taking the victim’s wallet was identified by investigators as another 16-year-old male and he is facing the same charges as the person in custody. The second suspect is still at large, according to police.
Additionally, investigators said they have looked into several claims from social media posts and comments where it was said that an employee from Food Lion was seen talking to the suspects before the robbery and may have been involved in “setting up” the victim. The investigation concluded that Food Lion, nor any of its employees were involved in any type of conspiracy to commit the robbery against the victim.
Anyone who has information about this case is asked to call the Portsmouth Police Department Property Criminal Investigations Division at (757) 393-8536 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887). Tips may also be submitted online here or through the P3Tips app.