VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Detectives are asking for the public's help to find the person who robbed a high school student on Thursday morning.
Virginia Beach Police say the student was walking to school in the 5400 block of Rutledge Road around 6:50 a.m. when a man approached on foot, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect then ran off, last seen heading toward Beaufain Boulevard in the Charlestown Lakes neighborhood.
The student was not hurt.
Student Luca Pheiffer wished the school let students know. He said, “I feel like they should have notified us about that because it's kind of a big deal, and like it is one of our own students and 300 feet away from the school."
Neighbors are also worried. They say this is usually a safe and quiet neighborhood.
"I have a nine-year old and now it's like I don't even want him out of my eyesight," explained neighbor Tina Devalk.
Tina Devalt says it's normal to see students walking to and from school every day. One of the school's entrances actually lines her property. Thursday morning, she didn't hear or see anything out of the ordinary, until a detective came knocking at the door.
Devalt explained, "They happened to look up and see the cameras on my house. They want me and my husband to review the cameras to see if something was caught on there."
Devalt said she checked all four surveillance cameras, but isn't having much luck. She hopes someone can find the suspect before he does it again.
The suspect was between 5'8" and 5'10, wearing jeans and black shoes.
If anyone was in the Charlestown Lakes area this morning and witnessed anything suspicious, please call the Virginia Beach Police Detective Bureau at (757) 385-4101. You can also call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or by texting "VBTIP" and the information to CRIMES (274637).
Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.