Man charged after chase

Published 3:51 pm Sunday, March 28, 2021

A man was arrested after police say he led them on a high speed chase from Gates County in Suffolk early Sunday.

The Gates County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm activation at the Family Foods in Gates at 12:42 a.m. Sunday, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office.

The post stated the suspect led them on a high-speed chase into Virginia, where the Suffolk Police Department was able to assist the Gates County Sheriff’s Office in apprehending the suspect after he allegedly fled on foot.


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The suspect has been identified as Charles Randall Babb, the post stated.

Charges for Babb in Gates County include felony flee to elude; felony break and enter; felony possession of burglary tools; injury to real property; no operator license; and expired registration. Charges in Suffolk include drive while intoxicated; hit and run; flee to elude; possession of burglary tools; possession of stolen property; trespassing; littering; open container; reckless by speed; and drive while revoked.

“The Gates County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Sergeant Burkett and Deputy Turner for the great job they did in locating the suspect and keeping our citizens safe,” the post stated. “The Gates County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Suffolk Police Department, their officers, and their K-9 team for helping apprehend Mr. Babb. We would also like to thank Gates County Communications and Suffolk Communications for all their hard work, keeping communications with both agencies ensuring our law enforcement were safe.”

The owners of Family Foods, Bill Alexander and Mike Hollowell, wrote in a statement posted by the sheriff’s office that they thanked the sheriff’s office for their dedication. The store has had previous issues with break-ins, they stated.

“Sheriff Campbell has worked with (us) for months and has kept us fully informed of his hard work and dedication to catching this criminal and getting him off the street,” the statement said.