Four arrested in Fan break-In, could be linked to other crimes

By Melissa Correa - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - People living in the area of Grace Street and the Boulevard are hoping the group arrested after a break-in at an apartment building are the same people responsible for several robberies.

Stephanie Jefferson may not have seen the crimes, but through emails- sent out by her neighborhood association,  she's heard about them.

"We get emails every morning if something happened the night before," said Jefferson.

Her Blackberry's blowing up with news of armed robberies in The Fan. The latest alert: a violent break-in early Wednesday morning.

Off- camera, a male victim says he and his neighbor had a run-in with four heavily armed criminals. According to the victims this is how the whole thing went down around 3:30 Wednesday morning. Three men armed with a shotgun, a pistol and a machete tried kicking in his door twice. He fought them off. That's when they moved across the hallway and broke into another apartment. The victim says cops then made their way into the area. That's when the three guys ran out and threw some things in the dumpster.

The three men and a girl were arrested.

"We were happy that they were arrested and hopefully they are connected to some of the other crimes that have been happening as well," said Jefferson.

Police are holding off on releasing mug shots. Right now investigators are showing the mug shots to dozens of victims who may ID the four as the bandits who robbed them.

John Bordeaux feels safe in The Fan but says people need to stay cautious.

"Just being aware of who's around you- that's all," explained Bordeaux.  "And not being out at 2 o'clock in the morning it's a big help."

Stephanie offers advice for VCU students, since some of them have been held up.

"Probably just travel in groups," advised Jefferson.  "And if you can park as close as you can to your apartment or wherever you're going."

With a description of the vehicle Richmond, police found the four sitting at the drive-through window at McDonalds. The four were arrested one block from the apartment building.

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