HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Investigators with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office have arrested five individuals who allegedly robbed a man and locked him in his trunk during a Craigslist transaction in Hanover County last month.
The five individuals – 38-year-old Bennie Neal of Richmond, 20-year-old Sydnee Brown of Chesterfield, 25-year-old Travion Wright of Richmond, 33-year-old Omar Smith of Richmond and 35-year-old Rajit Nash of Richmond – were arrested and charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, carjacking and abduction.
According to deputies, a man was responding to a Craigslist add for a vehicle for sale on Thursday, March 17 in the west end of Hanover County. When he met a female suspect near the intersection of West Patrick Henry Road and Taliaferro Lane, the female suspect instructed the victim to follow her to the end of Taliaferro Lane, where two black males exited the adjacent wooded area and struck the victim.
After robbing the victim of his wallet, cell phone and keys, the suspects then locked him in the trunk of his car and fled the area. Shortly after, the victim was able to free himself from the trunk and call police from a neighboring residence.
“I’m exceptionally proud of the efforts of our investigators and the efforts of our law enforcement partners from the Richmond Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. Although arrest have been made, we will continue to make sure evidence is identified to support a successful prosecution,” said Colonel David R. Hines, Sheriff.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens who make purchases through Craigslist, or other online sources, to remain vigilante and constantly aware of their surroundings when meeting in person. The Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to:
- Insist on a public meeting place like a restaurant, bank, or shopping center.
- Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home.
- Be especially careful buying/selling high value items.
- Tell a friend or family member where you’re going.
- Bring a friend or family member.
- Take your cell phone along if you have one.
- Trust your instincts.
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