Suffolk teen dies during Norfolk robbery

Published 3:54 pm Friday, July 26, 2019

Police in Norfolk and Virginia Beach have charged a Suffolk teen in a spree of robberies early Thursday morning that ended with one man dead and another injured.

Michael Moore III, 18, of Suffolk, died during an attempted robbery at a 7-Eleven at 130 S. Newtown Road, according to a press release from Virginia Beach Police. Ronald Lee Brookins Jr., 18, of Suffolk, also was injured during that robbery.

Deric Breon Simmons, 19, of Chesapeake, was the third person involved in the robberies, police say.

According to the Virginia Beach press release, the 911 call came in at 2:10 a.m. Thursday. Officers arrived and found two males suffering from gunshot wounds and located a third person a short distance away from the store and took him into custody.

Investigators learned that the two had entered the store “and were attempting to commit an armed robbery of the store clerks,” the press release stated. “Another citizen, who was already in the store and in possession of a legal weapon, confronted and ultimately shot the suspects.”

Police in Virginia Beach and Norfolk believe that was the last of four robberies the three had committed in under two hours, officials stated Friday.

The first happened at 12:28 a.m. at the 7-Eleven at 1010 Pacific Ave. in Virginia Beach, the press release stated. During that incident, three armed males entered the store and robbed it of cigarettes and smoking devices.

The suspects then moved on to Norfolk, police allege, robbing the 7-Eleven stores at 3235 Chesapeake Blvd. at 1 a.m. and then the one at 6667 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. at 2 a.m., according to an emailed statement from Norfolk Police Officer Daniel Hudson.

In the first robbery, three men entered the store. Only two men entered in the second robbery. In both Norfolk robberies, witnesses reported that the men were armed with guns and demanded money, and the clerk complied with no injuries reported, Hudson stated.

The spree then moved back across the line to Virginia Beach, where the fatal robbery on South Newtown Road occurred.

Brookins is charged in Virginia Beach with two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, abduction and wearing a mask in public; and in Norfolk with two counts each of robbery, conspiracy, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and unlawfully wearing a mask in public.

Simmons is charged in Virginia Beach with two counts of robbery and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony; and in Norfolk with two counts each of robbery, conspiracy, using a firearm in commission of a felony and unlawfully wearing a mask in public.

Brookins and Simmons are being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

Suffolk city spokesman Tim Kelley stated Friday that Suffolk Police are “following up on all leads” related to two robberies in Suffolk that happened Tuesday evening and are aware of the incidents in other localities, stopping short of confirming the incidents are related.

The Suffolk robberies on Tuesday happened at 9:14 p.m. at the 7-Eleven in the 800 block of Carolina Road and at 9:58 p.m. at the Raceway in the 1200 block of Carolina Road.