A robbery victim in the Iron Triangle survived a shooting by a suspect posing as a contractor last week after the suspect’s gun jammed, police said.
The incident unfolded Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the 200 block of 5th Street, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said today.
Officers responded to the area on an armed robbery report. They learned that the victim had been meeting a person who was supposed to provide an estimate for work done on the property. Instead of getting an estimate, the victim was robbed.
“The suspect produced a pistol and robbed the victim of his immediate belongings,” Tan said. “After being robbed, the suspect tried to shoot the gun at the victim, but fortunately, the gun jammed and the suspect fled to a nearby residence.”
Officers surrounded the house and block, and during a search saw the suspect trying to walk out. He attempted to run but was quickly detained, Tan said.
The suspect, who wasn’t immediately identified, was found in possession of the victim’s belongings and was also found to be on probation. The gun used during the robbery and more of the victim’s belongings were found following a search of the residence he was seen walking from. He was taken into custody.
“We are relieved that the victim in this incident escaped from any injuries,” Tan said. “This is also another reminder to our community to be aware of your surroundings. Also, meeting your potential client first at the Community Exchange Zone at the Richmond Police Department may not be a bad idea to ensure that the people you’re meeting are legitimate.