K-9 unit tracks robbery suspect

Published 10:50 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Chesapeake man is being held without bond at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail on charges related to a robbery that took place in the city on Monday night.

Rashawn Smith, 21, of Acorn Street in Chesapeake, faces seven criminal charges, including two counts of armed robbery, following his arrest on Tuesday in connection with a robbery on Monday night in the Heritage Acres neighborhood in the 1000 block of Nansemond Parkway, according to a Suffolk spokesperson.

Debbie George, the city’s spokesperson, said Tuesday that a resident of the community had been outside Monday night talking with his brother and a third person the two did not know, when they were approached by a man with a sawed-off shotgun.

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The man with the gun ordered the three to the ground, and then he took their credit cards and ordered them to go back inside the nearby apartment. The resident and his brother, George said, ran inside, and the third victim left and was unable to be found. The brothers told police they heard a shot after they got back into the apartment.

Smith was arrested later, after a police dog tracked him to a nearby apartment and then led its handler into a wooded area, where they found a sawed-off shotgun, George said.

Court records indicate that Smith has been charged with robbery of a residence, attempted robbery, two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting in a public place, using a sawed-off shotgun in the commission of a crime, and wearing a mask in public.

He will be arraigned in court on Feb. 2.