By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: June 7, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
Two suspects remain at-large; community asked to contact authorities with tips
SUSSEX – Local and state authorities descended on rural Sussex County Friday as they searched for a group of suspects who they say robbed a North Carolina business and led them on a multi-jurisdiction pursuit before crashing and fleeing on foot, with two of them remaining at-large.
According to Sussex County Sheriff Ernest Giles, the entire situation began after an armed robbery at a Walgreens pharmacy in Rocky Mount, N.C. Friday. Four men, described by law enforcement as three black males, one of which who has a lighter skin tone, and a white male, were all seen inside a vehicle fleeing the Walgreens at a high rate of speed as they made their way toward Interstate 95.
A police pursuit ensued, which saw local authorities from North Carolina chase the suspects into Virginia, making their way through Emporia and Greensville County, with Sussex County Sheriff’s Office deputies joining the chase near mile marker 24 along I-95 and Virginia State Police joining, as well.
That pursuit advanced northward along the interstate before the fleeing suspects lost control of their vehicle and crashed at Exit 31 near Route 40 just outside of Stony Creek, with the four men immediately abandoning the car and sprinting into the surrounding area, with two of the suspects being found shortly after the crash.
“We found one subject at the Sleep Inn in Stony Creek up on a gazebo, who we apprehended, and a second subject we found nearby (sic) the scene of the wreck hours later,” Sussex Sheriff Giles detailed.
Local authorities and Virginia State Police continue to search for two other suspects, as of this report. According to Giles, there was a possible sighting at the Davis Travel Center a short distance away from where the crash occurred but, they managed to flee the area without being detected.
Anyone with information they think may help authorities is asked to call the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office at 434-246-5000.