HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Five teens were arrested Friday in eastern Henrico after police said at least four of them used guns to rob a man.
It was a wild afternoon in the East End, after the armed robbery which police were able to solve quickly.
One teen was momentarily cuffed on the curb behind a trash can. Four others were in cuffs, spread out along Treva Road in Sandston.
"I’ve lived here 32 years,” said Conrad Hogue, who for more than three decades has called this community home. He said he had never seen such a police response in his neighborhood before.
"A plane was circling, too,” Hogue said. “It was very strange."
The victim was walking near Seven Pines Elementary School, when he was surrounded by a group of teens. Four of the teens, one as young as 14, pulled out guns and demanded money, police sources indicated.
"I saw four kids run down the street and turn into that yard where all the police are," said Hogue.
Seven Pines Elementary had dismissed students for the day, but was briefly put on lock down during as there was a YMCA after-school program going on at the time of the incident.
The teens took money from the man's wallet and ran, police
After about 45 minutes, police rounded up all five of the suspects. Because most of the five were younger than 17, Hogue and other neighbors said it spoke volumes about their upbringing.
"Kids that age? I’m absolutely shocked,” said Hogue. “This is normally a peaceful neighborhood."
Although the peace was disrupted Friday afternoon, Hogue hoped this incident was not a sign of his community’s collapse.
"It’s just sad, is what it is,” Hogue said, shaking his head.