Man robbed at gunpoint in Newport News on his birthday

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 8:54 AM

NEWPORT NEWS -- Police released convenience store surveillance video Tuesday of a man they say robbed a 27-year-old at gunpoint Monday.

It was the 27-year-old's birthday.

"He asked me for a cigarette. I obliged, gave him the cigarette. I went to go light it for him, and, then, he pulled out the gun," recalled the victim, who asked his name not be used, but whom 13News Now is calling "John."

John was walking on Traverse Road after he left Miller Mart at the corner of Traverse and J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. That's when he said the person with the gun approached him on a bicycle.

"You know, at first, I was pretty scared," John said. "You know, it's my life. It's my birthday. What are you gonna do, die at 27? It's horrible."

John explained the robber took his cigarettes and cell phone. He also wanted money. John's concern was not only to survive but to make sure no one around them got hurt. He connected with the robber, engaging him in conversation.

"We talked about his dad for a second, and, then, I mentioned it was my birthday, and just, 'Hey, things happen. I get it.' He was like, 'Hey, man, you're pretty cool, let me give you back your phone,'" recalled John.

He walked back to Miller Mart with the robber and took money out of the ATM inside the store.

"When I gave him the money, he was like, 'Hey, man, you know what? You were really cool about this, man,' and gave me back my cigarettes, and, then, I was like, you know, 'No hard feelings,' and I shook his hand," John told 13News Now. "You definitely want to catch the guy, make sure that no locals get hurt because of, you know, and unfortunate thing. I mean, you know, it's a just a shame like that...that people have to resort to that type of stuff."

Police said after the robber got the money, he left the area on his bicycle.

He is described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 150 pounds, short hair, and was wearing a red, hooded sweatshirt with red, white, and blue letters.  He was riding a beige colored mountain bike.

Anyone who recognizes and an help solve this crime contact Detective J. Simminger at (757) 928-4216 or call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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