Arrest made in West End homicide

Blake H. Bryant SOURCE: Henrico Police
Blake H. Bryant SOURCE: Henrico Police

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico Police have arrested 31-year-old Blake H. Bryant in connection to a murder of a woman in the West End.

That woman's body was found Thursday morning on Castile Court at the King's Apartment Complex off of Gaskin Road and Patterson Avenue. She has been identified as 28-year-old Samantha O'Quin.

Bryant was observed near the scene and questioned by Henrico Police Detectives. He is being charged with 1st degree murder. Bryant is the boyfriend of the victim. The incident is domestic in nature.

An active crime scene is what many people living at the Kings Crossing Apartment Complex woke up to.

"They were standing back there, in the bushes over here, I mean it was just like loaded," said Joseph Panaro. He lives right next door to the apartment police taped off as part of the investigation.

Behind his building is where a woman's body was found. The 911 call came in just before 8 a.m. and detectives say when officers got there, they found the woman's body outside in a corner of the apartment building.

Right now, investigators are not saying how she died.

"We're asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, may have heard something in the area to please let us know," said Lt. Linda Toney with Henrico Police.

Investigators are not saying if the man they are questioning lives at the home.

While an NBC12 news crew was there, and SUV with a sticker of the U.S. Marine emblem was towed by police. But officers aren't saying how or if it's connected to the crime.

A child was also taken from the home.

NBC12 asked Panaro what he knows about the people who live here.

"I just know him and he was an ex-marine," he said. "He had a three-year-old maybe, a two-year-old baby and that's it."

Panaro says police also questioned him about the neighbors. "[The police] just like if I heard anything, arguing or any commotion. I didn't," he said.

While officers gathered evidence, children played nearby and neighbors learned about the news.

"It hurts your heart to kind of think that could happen to a family with kids," said Jana Eliason.

"I thought this would be a perfect place to live!" Charles Kinney said. "But you ain't safe nowhere."

This is Henrico County's tenth homicide for the year.

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