Sunday, December 3, 2023

Newport News businessman raped students at martial arts academy, police say

Jeremy Armstead, 30, of Williamsburg (WYDaily/Courtesy of NNPD)
Jeremy Armstead, 30, of Williamsburg (HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Newport News Police)

NEWPORT NEWS — Police here have arrested a Williamsburg man, accusing him of raping and assaulting several students at a martial arts academy he owns.

Jeremy Allen Armstead, 30, is charged with four counts of abduction, five counts of rape, four counts of sodomy, strangulation and indecent exposure, Newport News Police said Friday.

He was arrested at 7:02 p.m. Thursday without incident.

Armstead is the owner and operator of Xtreme Dragon’s Black Belt Academy at 13901 Warwick Blvd.

Police say the alleged victims are three juvenile students at the academy.

No other information about the case was immediately released.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the arrest or the business to contact the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers can also contact 911 or the police department’s non-emergency number at 757-247-2500 to speak with an officer or detective.

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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