2018-06-20 / Crime, Police & Fire / News / News Briefs

Woman wanted for fatal crime spree arrested in attic


Federal agents have arrested a woman in Chester for a fatal California crime spree.

On June 11, members of the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Richmond arrested a woman who is wanted for murder and numerous robberies that took place in Sonoma County, California. Amber Hembree, nicknamed “Skittles,” was one of five alleged Crips gang members who robbed, then shot and killed their victim in Santa Rosa, California. Hembree then allegedly fled the state of California to avoid arrest.

After an extensive investigation by the Sonoma County Police Department along with the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, the agencies developed information that Hembree was hiding out in Virginia. A request was sent to the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force in Richmond requesting help in locating Hembree. After months of investigation, task force members developed information that Hembree was likely hiding out at a home in the 12000 block of Chestertowne Road.

At about 9 a.m. on June 11, task force members converged on the residence and found Hembree, who was hiding in the attic.

Fatal crash under investigation

County police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in the 7400 block of Woodpecker Road on June 11.

At about 3:40 p.m., police say a 2001 Honda CRV was traveling east on Woodpecker Road when it left the road and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle, Dorothy Ott, 64, of the 18000 block of Sandyford Road, was transported to VCU Medical Center, where she later died.

Anyone with information is asked to contact county police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

Dollar Tree robbed

County police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at the Dollar Tree at 1305 Carmia Way on June 17.

Police say a female suspect hid in the store until closing, then approached two employees in the manager’s office around 9:40 p.m. The suspect then displayed a firearm and demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the area.

The suspect is described as a black female, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slender build. She was wearing a white button-up shirt, dark colored pants and a white bandana covering her face.

Anyone with information is asked to contact county police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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