PRINCE GEORGE CO., Va. – Virginia State Police are investigating the armed robbery of a disabled motorist in Prince George County and asking for the public’s help in locating the suspects.
On Feb. 18, 2015, a North Carolina resident was traveling south on Interstate 295 when she began experiencing a problem with her Audi SUV. At approximately 11:45 a.m., the driver pulled off onto the right shoulder at the 12 mile marker in Prince George County. The female driver got out of her car to check on the problem when a cream-colored sedan pulled in behind.
Two males exited the vehicle, approached the woman and offered to assist her. Then, within seconds, one of the males displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s purse, jewelry and other personal effects. The other male began rummaging around inside her vehicle and taking various items from inside it. The men then told her to get in her car and leave.
Fortunately, neither the woman nor her 17-month-old son, who was secured in a child-safety seat inside the SUV, was injured in the incident.
The suspects are described as two black males wearing dark clothing and operating an older-model, cream or light-colored sedan. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Virginia State Police Richmond Division at (804) 553-3445 or #77 on a cell phone. All information is confidential.
“Incidents of armed robbery, like this incident, are extremely rare and State Police have had no other incidents like this reported in recent days or weeks within the Metro Richmond region,” said Sgt. Stephan Vick, Virginia State Police Richmond Division Public Information Officer. “But stopping on the side of the road, especially a busy interstate, can make a motorist vulnerable.”
“That’s why we encourage drivers that if they do encounter vehicle problems, to do their best to exit the interstate as soon as possible before stopping. If you do have to stop on the shoulder, then please remain in your vehicle and dial #77 for state police or 911,” continued Vick.