Suspect with large knife in three store robberies arrested

Posted at 7:34 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 19:41:29-05


RICHMOND, Va. — After a tip, police have located and arrested the suspect in three Richmond armed robberies over a six hour period Thursday.

Michael S. Smith, 47, of Richmond was taken into custody without incident at his home. Police said Smith confessed to all three incidents and detectives recovered the knife used in the robberies.

Smith was charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery. An additional armed robbery charge will also be brought once detectives complete their investigation.

Richmond robbery suspect

Richmond robbery suspect

The first robbery happened at the Nutall’s Market in the 4000 block of MacArthur Avenue at around 4:45 Thursday afternoon. Then, at around 8:40 p.m., the man allegedly robbed the Valero in the 4400 block of West Broad Street.

The last store, the 7-Eleven in the 200 block of West Main Street, was robbed around 11:18 p.m.

No one was injured during any of the incidents.

Police said in each robbery, the man walked in, pulled out a large knife and demanded money from the clerk.

Police credited Smith’s identification and capture to surveillance photos and video released after the robberies Thursday.