Richmond man arrested in connection to robbing two cell phone stores

Published: Aug. 15, 2016 at 5:25 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A homeless Richmond man was arrested in connection to robbing two cell phone stores on the city's south side last weekend after being spotted at a third cell phone store by an off-duty detective.

Xenos M. Farrakhan, 44, was arrested Saturday morning on two counts of robbery. Police say he was also wanted in Hanover and Henrico counties.

Police say a detective, who was off-duty at the time, was stopped at a red light on Midlothian Turnpike when he saw Farrakhan pacing outside a third cell phone store.

According to police, the detective then called dispatch and also continued to update responding officers, who made an arrest without incident.

Last week's robberies happened two days apart.

The first robbery happened at 11:49 a.m. on August 8 at the Boost Mobile store, located at 6333 Jahnke Road. Police say the suspect, later identified as Farrakhan, entered the store twice within an hour, robbing the store on his second visit.

Police say he spoke to an employee about cell phones when he first visited the store at 11:06 a.m. When he returned around 11:44 a.m., police say he walked behind the counter and demanded money.

He then ran from the scene and headed south on Jahnke Road towards the Food Lion.

The second robbery happened around 10:30 a.m. on August 10 at the Metro PCS store, located at 6838 Midlothian Turnpike. Police say Farrakhan displayed a knife and demanded money from an employee.

He later ran from the scene and headed east on Midlothian Turnpike, according to police.

Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to call Third Precinct Detective Ryan Nixon at (804) 646-1165 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

Copyright 2016 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

Report an Error or Submit a Tip to NBC12