Police storm house, arrest 6

Published 11:59 pm Tuesday, October 7, 2008

FRANKLIN — A large group of onlookers watched as police raided a house Monday and arrested three people wanted in connection with the Sept. 30 shooting of a 24-year-old Franklin man. A fourth person was arrested for allegedly trying to incite the crowd against the police taking part in the raid.

Three other suspects have also been arrested over the shooting, bringing the total number of suspects in police custody to six.

According to police, members of the city’s Tactical Response Team served a search warrant and entered the house at 409 Washington St. at about 4:45 p.m. Monday. Two suspects – Anterrio Bradley, 20, who lives at the house, and Vernon Winstead, 19, of 602 Walnut St. — were taken into custody without incident.

Police seized a 9 mm handgun, marijuana and narcotics equipment associated with the distribution of drugs.

Spokesman Lt. Tim Whitt said police also removed a safe from the residence. The dimensions of the floor model safe were about 1 foot by 2 feet, and weighed 50 to 60 pounds. Investigators did not know the contents of the safe at press time. Whitt said the safe’s owner, Bradley, refused to divulge the combination to the safe.

“He is being uncooperative,” Whitt said.

While police were on the scene, a crowd of about 150 people gathered on Washington. Officers reportedly had to be pulled from their assigned duties elsewhere to control the crowd. According to Whitt, the police cordon around the house started near the intersection of Washington and Rosewood, and went about three houses down.

“The onlookers were interested in what we were doing,” Whitt said. “At one point they started to advance, but this was just to see what was going on. They were trying to get a better field of view. As usual, we had supporters in the crowd, and detractors.”

One of the alleged detractors – 18-year-old Jeremy Lavar Boone, of 2016 Harris St., Apt. B – was arrested by police for disorderly conduct.

“We felt that his actions would indeed incite the crowd,” Whitt said.

An officer maintaining crowd control spotted another of the wanted suspects among the onlookers, according to police. Jadon Artis, 18, of 206 Washington, was plucked from the crowd and arrested.

Twenty-year-old Duray Hudson, of 304 South St., was arrested at the police station at about 7 p.m. Monday.

“A dispatcher called and let police know (Hudson) was in the lobby,” Whitt said.

Investigators arrested Dominick Smallwood, 19, of 507 Washington, on Friday. Daremus Lewis, 19, of 7405 Madison Ave., Apt. 6 in Newport News, was arrested Saturday in Newport News by that city’s police and transported back to Franklin.

All six suspects are being held without bond in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk, and are awaiting arraignment in General District Court, Whitt said.

The six face charges of aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding by mob, attempted robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, discharge of a firearm resulting in bodily injury, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

The charges stem from the Sept. 30 shooting of Timothy Warren of Franklin. Warren was found by police on the ground in the 400 block of Washington, bleeding heavily from several gunshot wounds. According to Whitt, Warren “was found across the street and down a house or two” from the site of Monday’s raid.

Whitt said that Warren is currently at a local hospital in critical condition.

Investigators reportedly have information that led them to believe the Warren shooting was committed by members or associates of a street gang called “VDOT.”

“We believe (VDOT) is a spinoff from VdotR,” Whitt said, referring to another street gang that operates in the city.

Police are also reportedly looking into the possibility of having the six suspects’ cases forwarded to a federal prosecutor due to the gang involvement and the level of violence.