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Powhatan County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating an over‐night stabbing in this county. At approximately 10:25 p.m. Thursday night, 9‐18‐14,the Dispatch Center received a call in reference to a disturbance in the 2900 block of New Hope Road. Upon deputies arrival, it was determined that the victim had been stabbed. The victim was transported to a local hospital by Med‐Flight with a stab wound to the torso. The condition of the victim is currently unknown. At this time, Powhatan Sheriff’s Office holds two aggravated malicious wounding warrants which have been issued for two black males, Justin Dotson Harris, from Richmond and Erin Scott Knipe, from Amelia County.

Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of these two suspects is asked to call Powhatan Sheriff’s Office at 598‐5656 or the Crime Solvers number at 804‐403‐4357.

On Thursday April 24, 2014, Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office received three calls from citizens, all advising they had received telephone calls in reference to their grandchildren, asking for large sums of money. In one case, the caller identified herself as their granddaughter and that she had been in a vehicle accident, DUI related, in another state. The victim spoke to the “Public Defender” as well and the victim was instructed to go to Walmart and purchase Green Dot Cards and forward to them. This victim lost in excess of $5,000. The second victim advised that an attorney from New York was calling, advising that their grandson was in jail and needed money for the bondsman. This victim forwarded approximately $1000 through Western Union. The third victim was contacted by someone claiming to be her grandson and needed her to forward money as he had been locked up and needed money for a bondsman. This victim called Powhatan Sheriff’s Office and was advised NOT to send any money. Without question, all victims are senior citizens who love their grandchildren and wanted desperately to help them. 

HOWEVER – BE AWARE – this is a fraudulent scam that is repeating itself daily, all over this country.  Historically, the suspects are forwarding this money out of the country, and the monies cannot be recovered nor can anyone  be arrested or prosecuted. Before sending ANY MONEY, in any form, based on this type of phone call, it is imperative that you verify all information. Should you be a victim of this type of crime, please contact Powhatan Sheriff’s Office. 

Dog Shot in Powhatan

On January 21, 2014 at approximately 6:30 pm a citizen of Powhatan County let his dog outside. Then a short time later heard a gunshot coming from the direction of Oakland Estates Road area. The citizen’s dog never returned home that night and he called Animal Control in the morning to report the dog missing, a short while later the owner of the dog located the dog on its property with a gunshot wound to the dog’s front leg. Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information in this case to please come forward. This is a photo of the dog.

In the early morning hours of October 25, 2013, two businesses in Powhatan County were broken into and approximately $1000 in cash and items were stolen at each of the convenience stores. R & M Birite is located on Rt. 13 in Tobaccoville and Tavco (formerly Old Tavern Junction) is located at the intersection of Rt. 60 and Trenholm Road.  Anyone who may have information that could be related to these cases is asked to contact Powhatan Crime Solvers at 804-403-4357.

The Powhatan Sheriff’s Office took a report of a burglary to the Powhatan Youth Athletic Association’s concession stand located behind the County Administration Building located on Old Buckingham Road.  The report was taken on May 2, 2013 which indicated that an unknown individual forced entry through the side door causing damage to the door.  Once inside the subject stole the safe as well as cash that was inside the cash register. Anyone that has information on this case, please call Powhatan Crime Solvers at (804) 403-4357.

What is Crime Solvers?

Crime Solvers involves a three-pronged attack against crime using the police, the civic and business communities, and the news media. The program publicizes unsolved crimes and wanted suspects and offers an anonymous, toll-free telephone number for individuals to provide the police information about those crimes in exchange for cash rewards.

Help us to stop crime in Powhatan! If you have any information about a crime, please contact us. This site can be viewed in English and in Spanish by using the translator drop down menu on the left side of this screen.

A reward can be up to $1000 as determined by the Board upon consideration of the facts of each case.

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