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Suspect sought in assault, robbery

The Suffolk Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a male subject wanted for an alleged armed robbery and aggravated malicious wounding that happened Sunday evening.

The incident was reported at 8:34 p.m. Aug. 30, 2020, at The Tobacco and Vape Shop in the 1100 block of University Boulevard, according to a city press release.

Upon preliminary investigation, it was determined that an adult male victim was working in the store when an unknown male subject entered the store. The victim noticed the unknown male attempted to conceal items in a backpack. The victim confronted the unknown male and attempted to recover the concealed items, after which a struggle ensued over the backpack.

The unknown male produced a knife and assaulted the victim. The subject fled on foot immediately following the incident.

The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

The suspect was described as in his early to mid-20s, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, wearing a “COVID-style” mask, a dark hoodie and blue jeans.

Video surveillance photos of the subject were obtained. The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Tipsters can also submit tips by going to www.p3tips.com or by visiting the Suffolk Police Department website at www.suffolkva.us/spd and looking for the Suffolk Crime Line link. Tipsters never have to give their names or appear in court and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.