Armed robbery suspect in Virginia steals officer's weapon, flees in vehicle

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TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — A Virginia man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly robbed a liquor store, stole a deputy's weapon, and tried to escape police.

According to the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, on Sunday afternoon, at 12:45 p.m., a man walked into an ABC store in Pounding Mill, showing a worker what appeared to be a handgun and demanding money before fleeing on foot to a vehicle he had parked nearby.

A release from the office states that Joshua Klimatis, of Roanoke, was later found on a nearby road after deputies and Virginia State Police, as well as a Game and Inland Fisheries officer, teamed up to search for him.

However, when a Tazewell County deputy attempted to take him into custody along the side of the road, Klimatis attacked the deputy and took his weapon, according to the release.

With the deputy's weapon, he took off again.

About forty minutes later, Kimatis' vehicle was located by a West Virginia state trooper. As the trooper moved in on Klimatis, he wrecked the vehicle.

Police recovered the service weapon and money from the vehicle.

Klimatis was taken into custody and charged with Assault on an Officer, Armed Robbery, Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer, and Felony Elude.

A Tazewell County deputy suffered minor injuries during the incident.

“This is another example of the dangerous times we are living in, and I appreciate all the law enforcement agencies that worked with us today to bring a quick resolve to these crimes," Sheriff Brian Hieatt stated.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Office and Bluefield WV Police Department assisted as well.