Police charge man with two armed robberies

Published 8:12 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2022

A Suffolk man has been arrested on charges linked to two armed robberies Monday at city businesses.

The suspect, Paul Lamont Delk of Suffolk, is charged with two counts of robbery, abduction with the intent to defile, forcible sodomy and aggravated sexual battery.  He is currently being held without bond at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

On Nov. 28, 2022, the Suffolk 911 Center received a call at 7:47 a.m. reporting an armed robbery at the Rite Aid in the 500 block of N. Main Street. When officers arrived, they discovered an unknown male had entered the store, went behind the counter, brandished a knife and emptied the cash register. The man then forced the female store employee to the rear of the store and assaulted her.  The store employee sustained minor injuries, police said in a news release.  The suspect fled the scene on foot.

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At 12:48 p.m., Suffolk 911 Center received another robbery call for service at Master Cleaners in the 500 block of W. Washington Street. The store employee stated a black male entered the store, brandished a knife, and then grabbed an employee and demanded money, police said in the news release. The employee presented the suspect with cash and he left the store on foot.

At 1:09 p.m., Suffolk Police located the suspect walking several blocks away from the business. Delk was positively identified and was taken into custody.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time, and there is no further information available for release, police said.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, contact Suffolk Police or Suffolk Crime Line.  To submit online, go to www.p3tips.com, visit the Suffolk Police Department website (www.suffolkva.us/spd) and look for the Suffolk Crime Line link, or go to the Suffolk Police Department Facebook page at www.facebook.com/suffolkpolicedepartment.

Citizens also can call 888-LOCK-U-UP, 1-888-562-5887, Option 5. Once a person submits a tip, they will be given a TIP ID and password. With this information they can login at p3tips.com and submit follow-up information, engage in two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip and access any pertinent reward information.