Man pistol-whipped during Harrison armed robbery, suspects on the loose

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An armed robbery in Harrison leads officers to  Sussex Street, where a man was waving them down.

According to 25-year-old Revant Velagapudi, he was walking east on Sussex Street with a group of friends when a dark colored sedan stopped and two men brandished guns. They were wearing white masks and dark clothing.

Velagapudi told the girls he was with to run, as did the rest of the group.

The suspects grabbed him and said, ”Give us all your stuff.”

He emptied his pocket of his wallet — containing a social security card, drivers license, debit and credit cards.

The suspects hit him across the head with one of the guns, jumped into the waiting car and fled east on Sussex Street before turning south on Frank Rodgers Boulevard.

Officers canvassed the area for the car to no avail.

Dispatch notified them of a second caller on Harrison Avenue who witnessed the robbery.

According to Sindu Potla, she was with Velagapudi and fled when he told her to run. She says she believed the armed robbers were black with black hoodies and one was wearing a red hat.

Velagapudi had a small contusion to the right side of his head from the pistol whipping, but refused medical attention and was transported to headquarters, where he provided a video statement.

Additional witnesses were 23-year-old Sai Prasanth Narra, 24-year-old Prinyanka Rajamami and Kesava Rao Devineni, 25.

About The Author

Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis

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