Police: Convicted felon behind string of robberies at 7-Elevens found dead inside Hampton Correctional Facility


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Police confirm that a Hampton man and convicted felon who they say was behind a string of recent robberies of 7-Elevens was found dead inside his cell at the Hampton Correctional Facility Wednesday afternoon.

Police say 44-year-old Basim Ibn Muhammad was initially arrested Wednesday morning.

In a press release from the Hampton Sheriff’s Office sent around 7 p.m., officials confirmed that Muhammad was pronounced dead at 4:25 p.m., just hours after his arrest.

In the press release, officials say a deputy responded to an unspecified incident inside the cell. The deputy found Muhammad unresponsive. Deputies began life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived at the scene.

Hampton Police and the Hampton Sheriff’s Office are investigating, but said there are no indications of foul play.

Muhammad was charged with five counts of robbery, five counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of possession of a schedule I/II narcotic and one count of possession of a firearm with a schedule I/II narcotic.

The robberies happened at stores in the 1500 block of Old Buckroe Road, the 1600 block of East Pembroke Avenue, the 300 block of Woodland Road, and the 400 block of Fox Hill Road.

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