Two suspects believed to be involved in robbery spree charged in Norfolk, Va. Beach

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Two men believed to have been involved in a robbery spree that ended in a deadly shooting are facing charges in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach police said in a news release Thursday three men were suspected of carrying out two robberies in the city.

The robbery spree ended at a Newtown Road 7-Eleven store in the earlier morning hours of Thursday after a customer shot two of the suspects, killing one. The suspect who was killed was identified as 18-year-old Michael Moore.

The customer has not been charged, a police spokesperson said.

Virginia Beach police said 19-year-old Deric Breon Simons, of Chesapeake, is charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Police also charged 18-year-old Ronald Lee Brookins Jr., of Suffolk, with two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, abduction and wearing a mask in public.

Brookins is active duty Navy. He was the second suspect shot during the robbery of the 7-Eleven on Newton Road in Virginia Beach. He survived, but appeared before the judge on Friday in a wheelchair via video conference from the jail. He also had a bandage on the side of his neck. 

Norfolk police said the shooting incident was related to robberies that happened at 7-Eleven stores on Chesapeake Boulevard and E. Va. Beach Boulevard that same morning. In both cases, armed suspects robbed the stores of cash.

The two men are being held at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond. Brookins will be back in court for a bond hearing July 30.

Simons’ bond hearing date hasn’t been set yet. 

Both Brookins and Simons were assigned public defenders, and will have preliminary hearings on Sept. 19 at 8:30 a.m. 

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