Derek Alphonzo Jackson Jr. and Nicholas Colburne-Garrett
COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WRIC) -
Two men are under arrest for attempted robbery on the 100 block of Biltmore Drive in Colonial Heights.
Derek Alphonso Jackson Jr. was charged with two counts of robbery, conspiracy, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Nicholas Colburne-Garrett was charged with two counts of robbery, malicious wounding, conspiracy and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. Monday when a neighbor, an Army Staff Sergeant, heard the commotion and came to assist the man until authorities arrived.
"I heard three pops," says Staff. Sgt. Dusty Griffin. "I heard pop, pop, pop, and I looked at my buddy and I'm like, 'firecrackers are illegal in Virginia' and I walked out to the edge of my lawn, and looked down the road and I saw someone run to their car and jump in. "
Griffin says a small black car then sped past his house, leaving him with a sinking feeling.
"From experience, 9 times out of 10, somebody's been wounded and I just, my instincts, my training kicked in."
He ran down the street to find one of his neighbors lying down with a gunshot wound.
"I didn't have nothing on me at first so I took off my t-shirt and ripped it up to kind of make a bit of a pressure dressing so he could hold on the wound."
He waited for EMS and police to arrive and gave them a description of the suspects and the vehicle - a car that an officer was in the middle of stopping for speeding.
The vehicle that the suspects were driving was stopped for a speeding violation shortly before the shooting call was dispatched. The two subjects in the vehicle were quickly linked as involved in the area shooting.
"He actually stopped the vehicle before he even realized that it was related to a robbery," says Sergeant Rob Ruxer, who adds that a lot of thanks goes out to Griffin.
"He's one of the real heroes here," he says. "He assisted the victim with his wounds. He was able to give us a description of the suspect's vehicle."
"I'm not a hero," Griffin says. "I was just a guy in the right place at the right time and my training and my instincts kicked in."
The victim, who was shot, was transported and after undergoing surgery, is now recovering.
Both suspects are being held at Riverside Regional Jail with no bond. Both suspects have also been linked to another robbery which took place on May 1 in the 400 block of Norwood Drive where a 93-year-old woman was robbed.