PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Petersburg Police said on Sunday there is evidence of foul play in a house fire where four people were found dead, and the case is now being investigated as a homicide.
Alexander Roosevelt Hill, Jr. has been identified as a person of interest in the investigation. Hill is currently wanted for violating a protective order, providing false information to police, and assault. Petersburg Police said Hill should be considered armed and dangerous.
According to investigators, Hill has connections to Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach, and Trinidad.
"If you see Alexander Roosevelt Hill, Junior, we suggest that you call the nearest police department by dialing 911," Petersburg Police spokesperson Esther Hyatt told NBC12 in a Sunday interview.
Police believe Hill is aware he's wanted.
"We have sent a Be On The Lookout to all police departments in Virginia and they are aware that he's wanted. Do not approach him," Hyatt said.
A spokesperson for the family of the victims spoke to NBC12's Sarah Bloom by phone on Sunday. That spokesperson said Hill has a history with a woman who lived in the Harding Street house, but that woman wasn't among those killed.
That spokesperson also told NBC12 family members in that homes have been threatened several times in the past. But, until the family meets with police Monday morning, they're hesitant to reveal too much of that history.
Saturday, A family spokesperson told NBC12's Ashley Monfort that the victims are Pauline Wilkins, her daughter Vicki Ansar, Ansar's daughter Tanique "Missy" Chavis and her two year old son, Deldari Chavis.
All four were found dead in their home in the 700 block of Harding Street just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Authorities have not officially released the identities of the victims at this time. They're still waiting for positive identification from the medical examiner.
Anyone with information about Hill's whereabouts should call Crime Solvers at (804) 861-1212.