Police arrest man after robberies at 8 Portsmouth businesses in 48 hours

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Feb 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 17:27:17-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Portsmouth Police have located a man they say is responsible for at least eight different commercial robberies within 48 hours.

Detectives were searching for a man who is accused of committing or attempting robberies at about eight different businesses.

At each location, police say he wore the same clothes and implied that he had a gun. No injuries were reported at any of the businesses.

The first robbery reported by police was at the Royal Farms on Victory Boulevard early Sunday morning. Police described the suspect as a man in his 30’s between 5'7 and 5'9. He was seen wearing a blue under armor T-shirt, grey pants, a blue medical mask, black shoes with white soles, and on occasion wore a do-rag or baseball hat.

Police say the robberies took place at the following businesses:

  • 1800 Effingham Street — 7-Eleven
  • 600 Frederick Boulevard — 7-Eleven
  • 3600 Victory Boulevard — Royal Farms
  • 2000 Victory Boulevard — Dollar Tree
  • 1700 Effingham Street — Dollar General
  • 3400 George Washington Highway — Family Dollar
  • 3500 Deep Creek Boulevard — 7-Eleven
  • 1500 High Street — Family Dollar

Detectives released an image of the vehicle of interest:


On Tuesday, around 8:15 a.m., they located 45-year-old John Anthony Hendrix near the 1700 block of Chestnut Street. He was arrested and charged with eight counts of Robbery, two counts of Attempted Robbery, and eight counts of Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony.