Suffolk police arrest suspect in connection with series of armed robberies

Published 12:59 pm Friday, February 10, 2023

A Suffolk man is facing 18 felony charges in connection with a string of armed robberies in the city that date back to November 2022.

Suffolk Police said they have arrested Karyon Saunders, 22, of Suffolk, after a Feb. 9 multi-jurisdictional collaborative meeting where leads were developed and a suspect vehicle was identified, according to a news release.

As investigators were preparing for the execution of several search warrants, another commercial armed robbery took place in the City of Chesapeake, Suffolk police stated. A description of the offender’s vehicle was given which matched the previously discovered suspect vehicle. 


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Members of Suffolk Police Department immediately responded and located the suspect vehicle and Mr. Saunders.  He was taken into custody without incident.

In Suffolk, Saunders is charged with five counts of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, six counts of possession of a firearm by felon and six counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. 

Saunders is currently being held at Western Tidewater Jail.

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

If anyone has information regarding this incident, contact Suffolk Police or Suffolk Crime Line.  To submit online, go to, visit the Suffolk Police Department website ( and look for the Suffolk Crime Line link, or go to the Suffolk Police Department Facebook page at Residents can also 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 and submit follow-up information, engage in two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access any pertinent reward information.