NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A man who reportedly led troopers on a chase spanning many cities and counties in July has been indicted for three armed robberies.
U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said Christian Lamont Johnson, 23, of Hampton was indicted by a federal jury Thursday on three counts of robbery and two counts of carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
According to the indictment, Johnson committed three robberies between June 21 and July 3, including a check-cashing business in Norfolk and two 7-Eleven robberies in Chesapeake and Hampton. MacBride said Johnson allegedly obtained $1,850 from the robberies.
Johnson was apprehended July 3 after allegedly leading troopers on a chase throughout several Hampton Roads cities and counties. According to troopers, Johnson was fleeing the 7-Eleven robbery in Hampton.
The robbery charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The first firearm charge carries a five-year mandatory minimum sentence. If convicted on the second count, Johnson faces a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence.
Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry said that during the last two weeks, incidents of breaking and entering and home or vehicle larceny have increased in two areas of the county.
A Facebook post helped Elizabeth City Police identify and locate the suspect of a hit-and-run incident involving a 3-year-old this week.
As Newport News Fire Chief Scott Liebold plans to retire at the end of this month, the city is looking for his replacement -- and they want your help.