Attempted armed robbery in Henrico ends in police pursuit, crash

Published: May. 15, 2016 at 3:47 AM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2016 at 7:02 PM EDT
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6100 block of Nine Mile Road (Source: Kailee Wallace)
6100 block of Nine Mile Road (Source: Kailee Wallace)
6100 block of Nine Mile Road (Source: Kailee Wallace)
6100 block of Nine Mile Road (Source: Kailee Wallace)

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - An investigation into an attempted armed robbery ended after Henrico Police said the suspects tried to flee from officers, only to end up crashing their vehicle into several parked cars before stopping Saturday night.

According to officers, Henrico dispatchers received a call from a woman who reported that several young men attempted to rob her at gunpoint near a car wash in the 6100 block of Nine Mile Road around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Initially, there were reports of gunfire at the robbery location but, police said there were no reported injuries.

Those armed suspects fled the area but were later spotted leaving in an SUV.

Henrico Police enlisted aid from a police aerial support plane and canine units to help responding officers find the suspects.

A police pursuit was initiated, but according to officers, the suspects lost control of their vehicle, striking several parked cars along Nine Mile Road at Dakar Drive before coming to a stop. "They said the car was basically going 70 to 80 miles an hour," said Kailee Wallace, who lives in Sandston.

At least four other cars were hit before the SUV came to a stop, right in front of Wallace's home. "It makes us angry that someone would do this and such young kids too. They were 15 and 16, and they hand an automatic weapon."

On Sunday, neighbors are still dealing with the damage.  For those who live in Sandston, it took months to pay off or save up for the trucks.  In a matter of seconds, it was all gone.

Doris Heath was sleeping with her dog Stella when a crime scene unfolded in her front yard.  "That window is my bedroom," she said.  "I was sleeping and heard a boom, boom, boom."

Heath believes divine intervention prevented it from being much worse.  "The angels was [sic] looking out for us because he (her husband) parked his truck right there," she said. "If it hadn't been parked there, we'd both be dead."

Two suspects inside the SUV have been taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Teams from both the Henrico Criminal Investigation unit and Traffic Investigation Detectives are working the investigation.

Police say there are no additional suspects being sought by officers.

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