Richmond police say they nabbed a cross-dressing crook in Shockoe Bottom.
Terrell A. Reid, 30, is accused of robbing the Exxon station at 17th and Broad streets. K-9 units were called in to help track the suspect.
"I frequent that Exxon. I get gas there. I go in there to shop," said Charles Willis who is executive director of Citizens Against Crime. "At one time, folks would rob you and they would put on a mask. Now, folks are just going out at will with no mask or anything."
Police say the suspect ran from the Exxon along Broad Street to 18th and Grace streets, where the trail went cold. It turns out he was hiding behind a white picket fence. Police say the suspect had taken off the clothes he wore during the robbery and changed into women's attire.
"Evidently it was an attempt on his part to fool the responding officers," said Lt. Jason Hudson. "It didn't work."
Reid was arrested and charged with robbery and use of a firearm. Police say the fact that the suspect left the fence open allowed observant officers to make the arrest.
"It was noticing that a specific gate was not closed, which was abnormal for this particular address," said Lt. Hudson.
The rest is history for the cross-dressing crook.
"And to be in the Shockoe Bottom area dressed in drag," said Willis. "You weren't going to get far."
The K-9 Officer involved in this arrest was Robert Gregory and his partner, K-9 Sumo.
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