July 7, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – Police have identified and obtained warrants for one of the two suspects who robbed the Mr. Pepe’s restaurant at 10902 Hull Street Road on June 13, 2020. No one was injured during the incident. Police still seek both suspects.
Police said the suspects, who were armed with firearms and knives, entered the closed restaurant at about 11:05 p.m. and encountered three employees in the kitchen area. After tying up the employees, the suspects searched the restaurant and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects, who were described as Hispanic males, were last seen fleeing the area in a white sedan.
Through investigation, detectives determined the vehicle in which the suspects fled had been carjacked by a known suspect shortly before the robbery. The investigation indicates that the suspect involved in the carjacking, identified as Lazaro R. Avalos-Ortiz, 20, is one of the two suspects involved in the restaurant robbery. Detectives have obtained warrants for Avalos-Ortiz for carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, abduction, four counts of robbery, three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Avalos-Ortiz’s last known address is in the 14100 block of Maria Drive. Anyone with information about his whereabouts or the second suspect should contact Chesterfield County Police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.
Photos: Photos of Avalos-Ortiz are at right and below.