Colonial Heights man shot, wounded in attempted robbery in front yard

Posted at 10:04 PM, Jun 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-03 14:47:38-04

UPDATE: Police have arrested two suspects: Derek Alphonso Jackson Jr. is charged with robbery and use of firearm and Nicholas Colburne Garrett, 18, is charged with robbery, use of a firearm and malicious wounding.

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- Colonial Heights Police are investigating after a man in his 60s was shot in his front yard, in an attempted robbery.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Monday the man was robbed in the 100 block of Biltmore in Colonial Heights, in the Sherwood Hills subdivision.

Army staff sergeant Dustin Griffin heard the shots and rushed over to assist until EMS arrived. He said that the man was shot outside his own SUV, in his own driveway.

The man was transported to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Police said the suspects drove away and were stopped up the street at Rite-Aid on Jefferson Davis Highway.

Police took two suspects into custody and are examining any cases that resemblance this one.

In May, two robbers targeted a 93-year-old woman who lives in the same neighborhood, and followed her home from the bank. She had just returned from the bank, had parked her car in the garage and then came face-to-face with a man who she said demanded her purse.

She said he ran around the corner of the garage, took the person and then jumped into an automobile where they made a getaway.

Police believe the woman was not a random victim and was targeted at the bank.