RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – We have new clues that could help find the man who shot and robbed a marine in Church Hill. Richmond Police have released a sketch of the person they said did it. While the victim remains in the hospital, the suspect is still out there.
The sketch is really the first break in a case detectives have been working for almost a month. They told NBC12 the suspect hangs out in the Church Hill neighborhood and his friends and family should recognize him just from the drawing.
On January 27th around 8 p.m. a U.S. marine, who's served tours in Japan and Iraq, and his girlfriend hadn't yet made it to their friend's house in Church Hill when a man pulled out a gun and demanded money. The couple complied, and still the gunman shot.
"It sounded like a firecracker to me," Hykeem Eanes described.
He and his family live in the 600 block of North 33rd Street, where the crime went down.
"They seen the man lying on the floor bleeding," explained Eanes. "So my mom grabbed a towel to help him out and everything. I was just in shock."
Since then, Det. Amira Sleem has been working with the soldier, who almost died from the shot to the upper body. We've learned the 25-year-old victim is currently undergoing rehab at a local hospital.
"It was a grueling process to sit with the victim and have to collect those small details, which had him reliving the entire incident over and over," she recalled.
There is some question about the sketch because the suspect is wearing a dark hoodie and most of his face is covered with a bandana. We asked Det. Sleem if it is good enough.
"Associates, family members and people known to this suspect are going to recognize who it is," Sleem replied.
We're told he is a black man in his 20s, about six feet or taller with a thin build. So far, police haven't been able to identify him.
"Now you have a gunman that you know is willing to carry around a gun, wear a bandana and approach the first opportunity he sees and pull the trigger," Sleem warned.
If you know anything about the suspect in this sketch, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.