Armed robbery in quiet West End neighborhood

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Someone was robbed at gunpoint earlier this week at an apartment complex in the West End. The robbery happened at The Estates at Horsepen in Henrico County around 11 o'clock Monday night. Residents were told about the incident with a letter yesterday.

They say they live in sleepy neighborhood full of students and young professionals, making this incident that much more surprising.

"When it happened out here, it was a little close to home," said resident Chris Shreve.

An incident report by Henrico Police says the victim's belongings were stolen but later recovered. Residents hope this is just a one-time deal.

"It was probably an isolated incident," Shreve said. "They didn't let us know the background information about the story like if the people knew each other or things like that. If it happens again maybe I'll worry a bit more."

A spokesman for the apartment complex wouldn't say if any new security measures will be put into place after this incident but did say local police would step up patrols of the area. Shreve says he's not nervous living there after the attack, but his girlfriend is.

"She was a little upset about it," he said. "She wasn't too thrilled as anybody would be but no I got the text saying she'd no longer be taking the dog out at night. That will be my responsibility."

A spokesman for the apartment complex says residents are encouraged to take precautions for their own safety including locking doors, hiding valuables from plain sight and calling police any time they see something suspicious.

So far, there have been no arrests connected to this case.

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