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Sheriff’s office arrests 14-year-old, 18-year-old in connection with Yorktown waterfront shooting

The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office released a photo Tuesday of a person they believe shot another man at the Yorktown waterfront Monday. (WYDaily/Courtesy of YPSO)
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office released a photo Tuesday of a person they believe shot another man at the Yorktown waterfront Monday. (WYDaily/Courtesy of YPSO)

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has arrested an 18-year-old and 14-year-old in connection with a robbery and shooting at the Yorktown waterfront.

Authorities have arrested John Arthur Walker IV, 18, of Newport News, and an unidentified 14-year-old, also of Newport News, for allegedly shooting a 29-year-old Hispanic man in the 400 block of Water Street early Monday, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.

“York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Investigators determined that this was not a random act but the incident began when the victim approached the two individuals arrested and attempted to purchase marijuana,” the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies responded to the Yorktown waterfront near the fishing pier around 12:15 a.m. Monday.

When they arrived, they found a 29-year-old Hispanic man who had been shot. The victim, whose last residence was in Florida, was taken to a local hospital, where he was reported to be in stable condition, the sheriff’s office said Monday morning.

Walker was arrested Thursday, and the juvenile was arrested Wednesday.

Both Walker and the juvenile are charged with aggravated malicious wounding, robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The juvenile is being held at the Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center in Williamsburg.

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Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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