Norfolk woman arrested for attempting to abduct child at Suffolk Walmart

Published 1:50 pm Tuesday, May 30, 2023

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A Norfolk woman was arrested Tuesday on abduction charges after allegedly trying to walk out of a Suffolk store with someone else’s child.

Suffolk 911 Center received a call at 9:03 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, in reference to a woman attempting to take a child from the Walmart located in the 6200 block of College Drive.

Keeta Nicole Neville, 35, of Norfolk was taken into custody by Suffolk Police and is charged with felony abduction, four charges of felony assault on a law enforcement officer and simple assault, a misdemeanor.

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The preliminary investigation revealed the victim, a 4-year-old juvenile male, and his mother were in the self-checkout lane when an unknown woman — identified as Neville — walked up, took the child out of the cart and attempted to walk out of the store, police said in a news release. Several store employees stopped Neville, who then put the child down and he ran to his mother. 

Police said Neville then exited the store and ran through the parking lot.  Responding units located her at 9:14 a.m. near the Applebee’s on Lakeview Parkway. 

Neville is currently being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail with no bond.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time. 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 Resident 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.