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Father, son busted for robbing Hopewell Kentucky Fried Chicken

Posted at 4:59 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 23:39:41-05

HOPEWELL, Va. – Police bust a father and son robbing a Kentucky Fried Chicken, and one suspect still remains at large.

On Dec.14, at approximately 8:14 p.m., officers responded to the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located at 3011 Oaklawn Boulevard for an armed robbery in progress.

As officers arrived on-scene, a vehicle was observed leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle and gave pursuit when they did not stop. Two suspects jumped out and fled on foot.

Lawrence Irving, age 56, of Petersburg, was taken into custody.

Officers were later able to find Lawrence Tucker, age 32, of Petersburg.

The third offender eluded capture and remains at large.

Officers recovered currency, masks and weapons that were involved in the robbery.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the offenders entered the business, brandished weapons and demanded money from the store employees. After receiving an undisclosed amount of currency, the offenders then fled the business.

No persons were harmed during the incident.

Lawrence Tucker has been charged with Robbery, Conspiracy to commit Robbery and Six (6) counts of Abduction.

Lawrence Irving has been charged with Robbery, Conspiracy to commit Robbery, Six (6) counts of Abduction, Use of a firearm in the commission of a Felony, Eluding, Resisting arrest and several traffic related charges.

Both subjects, who are father and son, are currently being held at the Riverside Regional Jail pending their arraignments.

Any persons who may have witnessed the incident, were traveling in and around the area at the time of this incident or have any information to provide regarding the robbery, can contact Detective James Barchanowicz of the Hopewell Police Department at (804) 541-2284. Additionally, any person(s) who have information on this or any other unsolved crime occurring in Hopewell may contact the Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers in Hopewell at 541-2202 or in Prince George County at 733-2777.

You can also provide a tip anonymously via the web at If your information leads to an arrest you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.