Man accused of Newport News home invasion arrested after police chase ends in crash

Posted at 9:10 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 21:10:26-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Newport News Police have arrested a man accused of invading a local home and later leading officers on a chase with a child in the backseat, authorities tell News 3.

Police responded to a report of a home invasion in the 100 block of N. Dogwood Court around 6:21 p.m. Monday.

When officers arrived on scene, they met with a 34-year-old Newport News woman who told them she and two children were inside the home when a man they knew entered the home with a knife, took personal items and demanded money. The occupants were able to leave unharmed.

The suspect, later identified as 46-year-old Karim Aziz Muhammad of Newport News, then fled the area in a vehicle with his child inside.

Responding officers found a vehicle matching the description of Muhammad's vehicle in the area and tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. Officers followed the vehicle onto I-64, where Virginia State Police provided assistance. Troopers were able to stop the vehicle in the area of mile marker 237.

Muhammad tried to flee and crashed into a trooper’s vehicle. Officers attempted to apprehend him, but he resisted and became aggressive. Officers eventually were able to detain Muhammad.

The child was removed from Muhammad's vehicle and was taken to a local hospital to be assessed for injuries before later being released to another relative.

Muhammad was arrested and taken to the Newport News City Jail. He has been charged with:

  • 3 counts of Abduction: By Force, Intimidation or Deception
  • 2 counts of Robbery: All
  • 1 count of Assault: On Law Enforcement/Judge/Doctor/Fire/Emergency Person
  • 1 count of Obstruct Justice: W/Threats/Force
  • 1 count of Burglary: Enter Building to Murder/Rape/Etc.
  • 2 counts of Phone: Injure/Tap Line; Copy/Obstruct Message
  • 1 count of Abuse/Neglect Child: Reckless Disregard for Life
  • 1 count of Law Enforcement Command: Disregard or Elude
  • 1 count of Reckless Driving: Generally, Endanger Life/Limb/Property

The investigation remains ongoing.

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