Two men held up while working on home in Chesterfield

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – A contractor shot while working on a home in Chesterfield, and right now, the two suspects are still at large. It happened on the 2700 block of Executive Drive in Chester. That's just south of the intersection of Jeff Davis and West Hundred Road.

Just three hours into his day Herbert Frith's construction site became a crime scene.

"I will be more cautious when people come here and ask questions," he said.

Around 10 Tuesday morning, a man in his 20's walked up and asked for a cigarette lighter.

"He lit his cigarette and started talking," said Frith.

Herbert and his 52-year-old cousin, Ronald Wayne Sinclair, were stunned when the man whipped out a gun.

"A little pistol. It looked like one of those little cap guns," said Frith.

The man wanted money- but the cousins didn't have any. Ronald was shot once in the arm.

Melissa Correa: "Where on the arm was he shot?"
Carolyn Richardson: "Right in the elbow."

Neighbor Carolyn Richardson drove up on a frantic Herbert. "I went on down that street and there's that man. He was out there 'Hey!' I was like, 'What's going on?'"

He was so freaked out he couldn't tell a 911 dispatcher where he was, so Carolyn helped.

The shooter got away with Ronald's cell phone minutes before police showed up. For more than two hours Tuesday Chesterfield police scoped the front yard with a metal detector. They're digging around for bullet casings.

Neighbor Debra Beverly can't believe the chaos.

Debra Beverly: "For somebody just to come up and do something like that.... It's devastating."
Melissa Correa: "From here on out, how do you think it's going to be?"
Debra Beverly: "We're locking up. We're locking up."

But this morning's crime wasn't enough to shake Herbert, who was back to work hours later.

Earlier this afternoon- police found the lighter. They're now running it for prints.

Ronald Wayne Sinclair is still in the hospital tonight- but he's expected to recover. Police are looking for a getaway car, driven by a second person. It's an older model box-type van either dark blue or black with paint peeling from the hood.

If you know anything that can help police call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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