Hopewell man facing charges of assault, theft after trying to steal a handgun

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HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A 26-year-old Hopewell man was arrested in connection to a robbery after assaulting employees at a firearms store Wednesday afternoon.

Officers responded to a report of a strong-armed robbery that occurred at Liberty Firearms and Surplus on the 400 block of S. 15th street.

Police say the caller reported that two store employees had engaged in a struggle with a man who tried to rob the store.

An investigation led police to reveal the offender identified as Matthew R. Eagan of Hopewell had entered the store looking to purchase a firearm.

When he was shown the firearms by employees police say 26-year-old Eagan grabbed the firearm and fled the store.

An employee chased Eagan and was struck in the face. He sustained injuries to his left eye.

Police arrived on the scene and arrested the Eagan a short distance away from the store.

The injured employee was taken to the hospital and treated.

Eagan is facing charges of robbery and assault. He is currently being held at the Riverside Regional Jail.

At the time of this incident, Eagan was wanted by the City of Colonial Heights on theft charges.

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