October 29, 2007
The suspect was just released from juvenile detention on Friday for gun related charges and already police believe he is responsible for holding a gun at two victim’s heads before making off with their belongings.
Eighteen-year-old Quentin Lavar Gray is facing more firearm charges. Early Monday morning police arrested Gray and two others for robbing two UVa students with a gun, the first after midnight on 15th Street and the other just a few blocks away on 14th Street.
Police say Gray hasn't seemed to have learned his lesson.
“Anytime you see someone that just got released just a few days ago from a juvenile facility for violent offenses immediately back out there with a fire arm showing off in front of his buddies robbing two more people at gun point, the potential for extreme violence is certainly there,” said Captain Chip Harding, with the Charlottesville Police Department.
In the past month the areas swarming with students near Wertland Street have been a hot spot for danger. With five police investigations for armed robberies or attempts police are looking for any links.
While right now they don't believe Gray could be responsible for any other robberies, because he was just released from detention, police are still warning students to stay safe.
“The student area has always been a rich environment for criminals to operate in, because students are oblivious to the fact that they can get hurt, they can be robbed, they can be raped,” explained Harding.
To prevent students for becoming yet another victim police say walking home with someone else is still the best way to protect yourself.
As for the victims of the robbery, they are expected to be okay.