Crime and Public Safety
From Virginia State Police: CUMBERLAND, Va. – The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Virginia State Police, is investigating a multi-faceted incident that involves a Cumberland County homicide, a missing Cumberland County woman, a carjacking in South Hill, Va., and the ongoing search for a suspect.
The incident began at approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday (May 24, 2019) when the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a homicide occurring at a residence in the 200 block of Mount Airy Lane. Upon arriving at the location, an adult male was found deceased inside the residence. A female, Amy Renee Fabian, 43, who lived at that residence, was not located at the residence.
At this stage of the investigation, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating George William Knisley, 41, of Carroll County, Md., as a suspect in the adult male’s homicide and Fabian’s disappearance. Knisley is believed to have left the residence on Mount Airy Lane driving a 2002 white, Ford F350 work truck.
During the course of the investigation into the Cumberland County homicide, the South Hill Police Department received a 911 call at about 6:30 a.m. Friday (May 24, 2019) from a woman who was walking out to her car at her residence and encountered a male subject. The male, who fit Knisley’s description, threatened the woman at gunpoint and stole her 2013 Honda Civic. The man then fled the scene. The woman was not injured.
The 2013 Honda Civic is white and has a Virginia license “LAR 64.”
Knisley is a white male with brown eyes and brown hair. He is 5’11 in height and weighs 180 lbs. He has a full beard and tattoos on his arms.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information about the whereabouts of Amy Renee Fabian and/or Knisley to call 911 or (804)492-4120 or the state police at #77.
The search is also ongoing for the F350 work truck, which was reported stolen out of Maryland May 23, 2019. The truck is white with “Alleghany Industries” displayed on the side and has a license plate of “22L 231.”
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A Virginia judge has ordered state police to release a redacted copy of their operational plans for the deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. The Daily Progress reports Judge Richard Moore on Wednesday gave police 30 days to comply with his order. The order is the most recent development in a 2017 lawsuit by reporters Natalie Jacobsen and Jackson Landers for access to the plans for the “Unite the Right” rally. The rally left three people dead.Moore initially gave police 30 days to release the plan in April 2018, but issued a stay after state police appealed the decision. The appeal wasn’t heard, and Moore has now removed the stay.Moore permitted redaction by deletion, meaning reporters won’t be able to tell how much has been redacted.
News release: On May 23, 2019 at about 3:45 pm, Roanoke Police were notified of a person with a gunshot wound in the 3400 block of Bennett Drive NW. Responding officers located an adult, female victim who had been shot. She was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Roanoke Fire-EMS for treatment. No arrests have been made at this time. This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (540)344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text us at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.
UPDATE from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Wednesday evening May 22, 2019, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested four individuals in connection with the armed robbery of the Road Side Market on Monday evening May 20, 2019. Investigators arrested and charged Kolin Minnick, age 18, of Bedford and James Dallas Stewart, 18, of Lynchburg with robbing Road Side Market and the use of a firearm in the robbery. Destiny Meador, age 19, of Montvale and Amber Mawyer, age 19, of Lynchburg were arrested and charged with being accessories in the robbery of Road Side Market. All four of the suspects are being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond. Captain Miller will be available at the Sheriff’s Office for questions this afternoon.
PREVIOUS: Two men are wanted for holding up a Montvale convenience store. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office say the two walked in last night to the Roadside Market along US 460, one of them with a shotgun, and demanded money.
From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 9:16 p.m. Monday evening May 20, 2019, Bedford County 911 received a call from Road Side Market in Montvale. The caller stated that two heavyset white men with mask covering their faces entered the store and one had a shotgun. The caller said the men took cash and cigarettes. Suspect number one was wearing a red long sleeve shirt, black jeans and red shoes. Suspect number two was wearing a long sleeve tie dyed shirt, black jeans and was carrying a shotgun. Both suspects were wearing baseball type caps. Investigators believe the suspects may have left the store in a dark colored Jeep Liberty or Patriot. Direction of travel unknown.
Anyone with information on this crime, please contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or go online to http://cvcrimestoppers.org. Enter your tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3TIPS app on your mobile device. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A 30-year-old Virginia man has been sentenced to a year in jail for grabbing the wrist of a restaurant employee and asking her to get into the trunk of his car.
A prosecutor said Marquise Bailey was trying to abduct an 18-year-old employee of Zaxby’s as she helped him carry food to his car outside the chicken restaurant in November. She said Bailey asked for the teen’s phone number, then grabbed and twisted her wrist. After the girl pleaded to be let go, Bailey replied: “Please, just get into the trunk.”
Bailey’s lawyer said Bailey has a learning disability and was clumsily trying to ask the woman out.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Bailey was sentenced Friday in Chesterfield Circuit Court after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery.
From Roanoke County Police – (Roanoke County, VA—May 18, 2019) At approximately 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Roanoke County Police officers responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Rutrough Road for a report of a domestic situation. Upon arrival, police came in contact with a female who had left the home and was walking down the road. Police attempted to make contact with the male subject, believed to be armed, inside the residence but he was not responsive. Roanoke County Police SWAT was called to the scene and the subject continued to be non-responsive to police commands. Tear gas was deployed into the residence and at 6:47 a.m. the subject was taken into custody. No injuries were reported. Joshua Paul Roberts, 29, is charged with Domestic Assault & Battery, Felony Abduction and Preventing Use of Phone for 9-1-1. Roberts is also wanted in Roanoke City for failure to appear in court.
State Police have identified the driver who fled an early-morning traffic stop in Roanoke City, then crashed into a pole and died. Troopers say officers spotted 23-year-old Rashele Lee of Roanoke running a red light around Orange and Gainsboro, and after a traffic stop had begun, Lee sped away. She crashed into the light pole on Moorman Avenue; her car overturned several times and ejected her.
STATE POLICE UPDATE: Virginia State Police, at the request of the Roanoke City Police Department, is investigating a fatal crash during which the Roanoke City Police units were in pursuit of a vehicle which refused to stop for a traffic violation. The crash occurred shortly after 12:15 a.m. on Friday morning, (May 17), when a Roanoke City officers observed a white Chevrolet Impala run a traffic light in the area of Orange Avenue and Gainesboro Road, NW. The officers conducted a traffic stop, and as officers approached the Chevrolet on foot the vehicle sped away. The pursuit of the suspect vehicle followed, when the suspect vehicle struck a light pole in the 900 block of Moorman Avenue, NW, and overturned several times; ejecting the driver.The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as Rashele Monique Lee, 23, of Roanoke, Va. Lee was not wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene. No officers were injured. The Virginia State Police Crash Investigation Team was called to assist. The crash remains under investigation.
PREVIOUS FROM ROANOKE CITY POLICE: On May 17, 2019 at around 12:15 am, Roanoke Police were in the area of Orange Avenue and Gainsboro Road NW when they observed a vehicle disregard a traffic light. The officer then conducted a traffic stop. As the officer approached the car, the vehicle fled the scene of the traffic stop. Roanoke Police initiated a pursuit of the vehicle. During the pursuit, the vehicle crashed into a pole in the 900 block of Moorman Avenue NW. The driver of the vehicle, an adult female, was pronounced deceased on scene by Roanoke Fire-EMS. Per department policy, this crash will be investigated by Virginia State Police.
The weekend is here again – prime time for activity in downtown Roanoke. One week after a shooting incident that left a man wounded and another under arrest the Police Chief says there is enough manpower on hand. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with him this week:
FROM VDOT-Work to replace the two existing bridges on Route 11 over Tinker Creek is underway. The bridges are located near the intersections of Route 838 (Vista Drive) and Route 1039 (Gibson Lane).From May 21 starting at 6 p.m. until 12 noon on May 22, a bridge deck pour will be performed as part of the project. Traffic will be reduced to one lane with flaggers directing vehicles, however, drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes or plan accordingly for delays.Drivers will continue to see flagging operations, lane closures, left turn and width restrictions of 11 feet. The estimated completion of this project is November 2019. For updates on this closure or other traffic impacts, follow VDOT on Twitter @511SouthwestVA or @VaDOTSalem. Connect with us on Facebook on our VDOT page, and VDOT Salem District group page.