NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Four teens have been arrested following an armed robbery attempt on the Berkley Bridge in Norfolk last month.
Tyler Whitfield was heading home from work around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 3, making the roughly 5 1/2 mile trek on his bike. He was walking his bike over the pedestrian bridge due to there being a headwind.
Initially, he didn’t think much of the four teens coming upon him from the opposite direction. Two, he said, were on a Lime scooter and two were running behind.
However, that’s when the armed teens came up to him, and cameras on the front and back of his bicycle captured the scary moments. He shared that video with WAVY TV.
We’ve blurred the faces of the people in the video, because two of them are juveniles, according to police.
“I feel someone punch me in my right shoulder, and I turn around and there is a barrel of a handgun in my face,” Whitfield said. “My immediate reaction was, I just duck down, with my heads kind of looking away from them. Then I feel something being sprayed on me. … (Then) all of a sudden, they are running away. I had no clue what was going on. It was over before it started.”
Apparently, it was mace, and it appeared to blow back on them, though it also hit Whitfield.
The video shows four people approaching Whitfield. After the pass him, his rear camera captures them stop and turn around then run toward him. You can hear someone yell “Give me the bike.”
He said the four teens likely were not aware of the bicycle’s value.
“It’s a custom build,” Whitfield said. “I built it myself. It’s valued in around $7,600. I don’t think they knew that. They saw a bike and they wanted it.”
After they run away, you hear Whitfield say “got you on camera.”
Police said the four people face multiple charges. The people charged, and their charges, include:
- Javon E. Wilborne, 18, charged with attempted robbery, malicious wounding with a caustic substance and use of a firearm. He is being held in Norfolk City Jail without bond.
- Carlos M. Vaughn, 18, charged with attempted robbery, malicious wounding with a caustic substance and use of a firearm. He is being held in Norfolk City Jail without bond.
- A 17-year-old teen boy, charged with robbery, injury with a caustic agent, and use of a firearm.
- A 15-year-old teen boy, charged with robbery, injury with a caustic agent, use of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a juvenile.