Man facing charges after robbery at convenience store in Danville, police say

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(Photo: Courtesy Danville Police Department)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After receiving a tip from a community member, police took a Danville man into custody Wednesday night in connection with a robbery at a Danville convenience store.

According to the Danville Police Department, officers responded to a robbery at Junior’s Convenience Mart on Worsham Street at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

The department says a man in a mask reportedly entered the store, motioned as if he had a handgun, demanded money, and left with some cash.

Police say a cooperative citizen shared the name of a “potential suspect,” who was tracked down at a residence on Clay Street around 9:15 p.m.

Following further investigation, the person found at the Clay Street home — identified by authorities as 40-year-old Demetrius Jermaine Whitehead of Danville — is being charged with robbery and grand larceny from a person.

“This is another example of the amazing support of the citizens of Danville in partnering with the police department to solve crime when it occurs,” the Danville Police Department said in a statement late Wednesday night. “A good lead allowed investigators to vigorously search and locate the offender in a couple of hours, which brought this case to a conclusion, and ensured no further acts of violence from this suspect in our community.”

Whitehead is reportedly being held without bond at the Danville City Jail.

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