NEWPORT NEWS -- Newport News police are investigating a reported robbery at a local mall parking lot.

A 16-year-old boy told police that five men stole his iPhone and shoes and then punched him in the parking lot of Patrick Henry Mall Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

The victim told police he and a female friend were approached by five black males wearing all black. The teenager said the group asked him a question about his shoes. He says he answered but kept walking and then realized they were following him.

According to police, one of the men walked up to the teen with what he believed was a gun and took his iPhone and shoes, then punched him and pushed him into a bush.

According to police, mall security checked the camera footage in the area of the alleged offense but didn't see the incident.

The incident remains under investigation.

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