Newport News robbery suspect arrested after asking police for ride

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- An unusual chain of events led police to the arrest of 22-year-old Ezekiel Brown, who is accused of robbing a 7-Eleven store on Sunday. 

The robbery was reported at the store located at 15600 block of Warwick Boulevard around 1:35 a.m. on November 19. 

The clerks told police that a man walked into the store while wearing the hood of his jacket over his head. After the clerk told him to take the hood off, the man allegedly walked up to the clerk with a gun drawn, demanding money. 

Police say the clerk complied, after which the suspect ran away. 

Shortly after the incident, officers responded to a disabled car in the area of Fort Eustis Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue. They identified Brown as the driver. 

Police say they initially agreed to give Brown a courtesy ride to his destination but saw a gun inside the car. 

Officers were aware of the armed robbery that happened earlier and requested a description of the suspect. 

After officers found matching clothes from the robbery inside the Brown's car, he was arrested. 

Brown is charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. 

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