The suspect in an armed robbery, shooting incident and multiple police chases Monday in Currituck County has been arrested in Virginia.
The man was captured on the Chesapeake Expressway not far from the North Carolina line.
The robbery occurred Monday morning outside the Grandy Food Lion when a man with a 9mm held up someone in the parking lot and stole an electronic tablet. The suspect then fled in a vehicle stolen in Chesapeake, according to to the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office.
Law enforcement spotted the vehicle after the suspect fled eastbound on U.S. 158, said Currituck Sheriff Matt Beickert.
Deputies initiated a chase and the driver then turned around and went westbound before bailing from the car in the area of Mutt and Jeff’s restaurant and Rivera Tire.
Beickert said Sherriff’s Office personnel, the Highway Patrol and other agencies, along with assistance from Dare Medflight, flushed the suspect out of the woods several hours later.
He was able to elude authorities and reach U.S. 158 where he ran in front of a pickup truck pulling a trailer. The suspect forced three occupants out of the truck by firing shots through the windshield.
He then fled north on Caratoke Highway, with multiple law enforcement in pursuit, and eventually reached Chesapeake. Officers deployed stop sticks near the Chesapeake Expressway toll plaza, flattening the truck and trailer tires.
The truck crossed into the southbound lanes of Va. 168, eventually coming to a stop near the Indian Creek Road overpass.
The suspect then fled on foot again, but was apprehended a short time later by Currituck deputies and a Chesapeake K9 who found him hiding inside an abandoned vehicle in the 1600 block of Indian Creek Road.
Bryant Marcus Wilkerson, 27, of Virginia Beach, was booked into the Chesapeake City Jail. Details of the charges are pending further investigation.
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