Man wanted after brutal assault of elderly man, kidnapping of woman in Newport News

NNPD says finding man is top priority
Posted at 12:39 PM, Jul 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 12:52:37-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Newport News Police are searching for a man they believe to be armed and dangerous.

Police say their current priority is to locate 22-year-old Kevin Lee Bethea. Bethea has been charged with malicious wounding, robbery, abduction by force, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

According to officials, these charges stem from a recent brutal assault and robbery on an 83-year-old Newport News man on July 9.

The charges also a result of the kidnapping of a 21-year-old woman on July 7. The woman was able to get away.

Police say Bethea is armed and believed to be extremely dangerous.

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