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


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.