HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - State police arrested a suspected armed robber Tuesday night after he led them on a 15-mile chase through four cities and IOW county.
At 10:19 p.m., Hampton police dispatch received an E911 call that the 7-Eleven, located in the 2600 block of Kecoughtan Road, had been robbed. At 10:21 p.m., Hampton Police received another call from a citizen, who was following the suspect in a car. The citizen told police the suspect was driving a silver Suzuki Aerio.
Using the tip, officers spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and 42nd Street in Newport News, but the driver, later identified as 23-year-old Christian Lamont Johnson, refused to stop.
"There's a lot of crazy people out there," 7-Eleven customer Oscar Webb said.
Sgt. Michelle Anaya with Virginia State Police says troopers joined in the chase when the car crossed over the James River Bridge. The chase continued along Route 17 through Isle of Wight County and Suffolk before coming to an abrupt end in Chesapeake.
Police say Johnson lost control of his car and crashed into bushes and flood lights in the Southern Bank parking lot, located at 3343 Western Branch Blvd., which is also Route 17. A trooper's vehicle hit Johnson's drivers side door.
Anaya says Johnson tried to run away, but was arrested by troopers and taken to the Hampton city jail.
Johnson, of the 600 block of Bell Street, was arrested and charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and one count of burglary while armed.
Troopers were not harmed in this incident. Johnson received a minor bruise to the elbow.
There is surveillance video of the original robbery, but it will not be released because an arrest has already been made.
According to WAVY.com reports, this is the fourth time the 7-Eleven on Kecoughtan Road has been robbed this year. Police have not said if Johnson is wanted for other robberies.
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