HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Henrico County have arrested a second suspect in connection to Tuesday’s carjacking and shooting in Sandston. Marquice Shelton was identified and arrested on Friday. Shelton is charged with two counts each of robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
On Thursday, Henrico County Police released 19-year-old Kevante Antonio Pettus, after the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office said a witness misidentified him as a suspect.
“I’m just glad that he’s home, because I know that my son did not do this,” said Pettus’ mother, Adrian Saunders, who was in complete shock when police pulled her over saying her son matched the description of a wanted criminal.
“Them accusing my son, it was really hard to even believe it.”
Shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday, police say a male victim was found suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound on Old Williamsburg Road near Scotch Pine Drive. Detectives later determined the victim was carjacked and arrested two men, one of them Pettus.
The victim is still at VCU Medical Center.
Saunders said that although her son had an alibi for Tuesday’s crime, police didn’t believe him.
“If they were doing their job, they wouldn’t have locked my son up,” she said. “They would have investigated like they were supposed to.”
Upset that her son’s name and mugshot were released, Saunders says she now has only one goal: To clear his name.
“To try and just make sure that everybody knows when they see his face that he did not do it, and when they see him out in public they will know that he did not do this.”
Saunders added that she hopes the police find the person responsible, but she would also like an apology.
“‘Lock (the suspect) up and treat them the same way they treated my son when they arrested him,” she said. “And I also want them to apologize to my son.”
The other suspect who was arrested, 28-year-old Mark Alan Workman, is charged with two counts each of robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Pettus told 8News he’s never met him before.
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