Monday, April 15, 2024

Suspect in connection with robberies in James City County captured in Hampton

Mark Lshaun Perry-Mitchell (WYDaily/Courtesy of James City County Police)
Mark Lshaun Perry-Mitchell (WYDaily/Courtesy of James City County Police)

Police said a man suspected of having a connection with a series of armed robberies in James City County was captured following a high-speed chase Wednesday night.

Mark Lshaun Perry-Mitchell, 19, of Hampton, is charged with three counts of robbery, three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The Virginia State Police said troopers tried to pull over a stolen Ford Focus on Interstate 664 at around 8:32 p.m. Wednesday but the driver, later identified as Perry-Mitchell, sped off.

The driver “continued at a high rate of speed through the city of Newport News and into the city of Hampton,” according to a news release from State Police.

Perry-Mitchell got out of the car after it struck another vehicle on Coliseum Drive and Mercury Boulevard, police said. He and a “female occupant,” were captured a short time later.

Information on the female passenger’s identity or potential charges was not immediately released.

Perry-Mitchell also faces charges in connection with the stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen firearm, police said, adding the 2016 Ford Focus was reported stolen in Suffolk.

James City County incidents

Police said the Perry-Mitchell’s James City County charges stem from the Nov. 22 robbery at the Citgo at 5443 Richmond Road, the Nov. 22 robbery at the 7-Eleven at 4840 Longhill Road and the June 14 robbery from a person in the 4900 block of Grand Strand Drive.

A clerk at the 7-Eleven incident was struck in the head with a gun – the clerk suffered a “non-life-threatening” injury.

A 17-year-old Hampton boy also has been charged in connection with the incidents – four counts of robbery, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, two counts of wearing a mask in public, and one count each of grand larceny, possession of a firearm by a juvenile and malicious wounding. He is being held in Newport News Juvenile Detention Center on separate charges.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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