VIRGINIA BEACH-Police have made two arrests in a string of robberies, and are currently searching for a third suspect.
The robberies happened between Sept. 17 and Sept. 21. Beach MPO Adam Bernstein said that on the evening of the 21st, police responded to a call of a robbery and shooting at the Lukoil gas station, in the 400 block of Green Meadows Drive.
According to Bernstein, the victim-a Lukoil clerk-was working behind the counter, when the masked suspect displayed a gun and demanded money. The suspect then shot the victim and stole his wallet, then left the scene.
Further investigations into this and three other robberies led police to two suspects, who were arrested Thursday.
Police identified the suspects as 36-year-old Wade Anderson Watford and a 17-year-old male.
Watford is charged with two counts of Armed Robbery, one count of Malicious Wounding, three counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, two counts of Wearing a Mask, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. Police told WVEC.com that Watford was involved in three of the robberies.
Police charged the teen with three counts of Armed Robbery, one count of Abduction, one count of Discharging a Firearm in a Building, three counts of Wearing a Mask, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. According to police, he was also involved in three of the robberies.
In addition to the Green Meadows robbery, police charged those two suspects in the following robberies:
- Sept. 17: 7-11, 1700 block of Independence Boulevard
- Sept. 19: Sal's Pizza, 1900 block of Independence Boulevard
- Sept. 20: 7-11, 3700 block of Tiffany Lane
Police identified the third suspect as Raymond Lewis Perry, 19, of Norfolk, and also identified him as the shooter.
Perry has outstanding warrants for Armed Robbery, Malicious Wounding, Wearing a Mask, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. According to Bernstein, he is only charged in the Lukoil shooting, but more charges are pending upon his arrest.
Perry is considered armed and dangerous and known to frequent the East Virginia Beach Boulevard and Norchester Avenue area of Norfolk, as well as the Manchester Village/Green Run sections of Virginia Beach.
Anyone with info on Raymond Perry is asked to call the Virginia Beach Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.