CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - Two teenagers and a 12-year-old are charged in connection with two home invasions and a shooting that culminated with a wild police chase.
Three police departments including Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, assisted in the pursuit of the suspects.
It began in a house along Dunbarton Drive in Chesapeake. The homeowner tells WAVY.com he was at work when three people pushed through the front door and forced his wife onto the ground. Their 11-month-old daughter was right next to her.
He says the three stole cash and a camera and then ran. That's when police say the suspects drove six miles and forced their way into a home on Townhouse Lane.
"All I heard was the gunshot go off and then I heard my mom just screaming. When I walked downstairs, my stepdad was laying on the floor and she was just yelling at me to call 911," says David Villademoros, the shooting victim's stepson.
As Villademoros dialed, he asked his mother what happened.
"The three people just walked by the window and walked in our house and just said this is a robbery," says Villademoros.
Villademoros says his stepfather stood up and then the man in the doorway shot him.
"Right below his collarbone and two of his fingers came off."
That's when he says the three people with red bandanas over their faces ran and a police chase began through the streets of Chesapeake and into Norfolk. Chesapeake pursued the three suspects they believed to be responsible for both crimes, in a burgundy, late model Nissan with the license plate SO LOVE. It was later found abandoned at Brambleton Avenue and Botetourt Street in Norfolk. K-9s and the Virginia Beach police helicopter assisted in the chase.
Police took one of the suspects into custody in the 300 block of Freemason Avenue, in Norfolk.
Taquine R. Lee, 18, of the 6200 block of Centenary Drive in Norfolk was charged with two counts of robbery, six counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, three counts of aggravated malicious wounding and three counts of armed robbery.
Two girls, ages 12 and 17, were also charged in connection with the crimes. They each face two counts of robbery, two counts of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, one count of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of armed burglary.
The Chesapeake Police Department will be the lead investigative agency for the case, as both crimes originated in that city. Investigators say the two girls are being held in the Tidewater Detention Home while Lee is in the Chesapeake City Jail.
The man who was shot is expected to recover. Villademoros says his stepfather is undergoing surgery to see if doctors can re-attach his fingers.
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