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Richmond Police make arrest in deadly Northside stabbing


Richmond Police arrested a man early Friday in connection with a deadly stabbing on the city's north side.

Police say two women were stabbed around 4:09 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Chamberlayne and Westminster avenues. Two women 44 year-old Carolyn Chapman and 44 year-old Della Scott were both stabbed while working in the rent office at Chamberlayne Garden Apartments.

The crime police say was an apparent robbery. Police say Della Scott a wife and mother of two died from her injuries and that both women suffered from severe stab wounds and lacerations. Family members outraged.

"He almost killed my sister and he did kill our best friend," Elwood Smith said.

Elwood Smith is still coping with his twin sister Carolyn's near death experience. He says while the recent arrest has not been directly linked to the incident, nothing could take away the pain that both families are feeling.

"You could give him life, you could give him the death penalty, it doesn't matter because there will never be justice because we lost someone that we loved," Elwood Smith said.

With the help of surveillance cameras and the community Richmond Police say they were able to nab this suspect quickly.

Police arrested 50-year-old Benjamin Dancy early Friday in connection with the stabbings. He faces a series of charges, including robbery, gun charges and credit card fraud. 

"We were able to take still photos from that and pass it out into the community,"said Major Steve Drew with Richmond Police.

That's when police say the tips and calls started to pour in. A community coming together working with police to help potentially solve a crime.

"Let's just say a citizen at this point saw someone matching that description, officers responded and it was in fact the individual we were looking for," Major Drew said.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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