$5000 reward offered in case of 4 killed in Petersburg

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The US Marshals Service is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of four people killed, including a 2-year-old, in Petersburg.

Police are still searching for Alexander Hill, Jr., who they say is a person of interest.

Search warrants show an investigator saw 'puncture wounds' in two victims and Hill had texted a friend the morning of that fire. Another document shows Hill had been accused of threatening another woman, Vivian Chavis, for months. Chavis also lived at the home and is related to the victims (identified through family members): Pauline Wilkins; Wilkins' daughter Vicki Ansar; Ansar's daughter Tanique Chavis; and Chavis' son, Delvari.

Chavis talked about recently filing a protective order against Hill. With ties stretching from Newport News to Trinidad, Hill could be anywhere.

"This can't happen to another woman," she said.

There are claims that threats against Chavis and the entire family have been going on for months. In a criminal complaint from December 2013, Chavis writes that Hill, "…keeps calling my cell phone saying that he knows where I live and that he will kill me and everything I love. And says....I will lay you all down. I know where your mother live."

A charge was filed, Hill was given bail and was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. After Saturday's fire, he hasn't been found.

According to another search warrant, police searched Hill's home on South Valor Drive just hours after that fire; among the things they were looking for - knives, DNA and matches.

Other court documents reveal what an investigator found when he discovered the bodies.  It says, "...two of the victims had wounds consistent with puncture wounds," and "...a large knife with red stains was located at the scene."

Another part of the search warrant says a woman saw Hill leave her home with a knife. The papers also reveal that police got a hold of Hill's phone, which included a chilling text message at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, around the time emergency crews got the call about the fire. In part it read, "Hey Brother. I am here! My destination. Should things go as I have planned I no longer exist. Get over to my house and remove everything."

Some family members say they're frustrated that police knew about Hill's possible involvement the day of the fire, but it took 24 hours for police to call him a person of interest. Petersburg Police spokesperson Esther Hyatt said this is an ongoing investigation.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized. Anyone with information that could help police can call Crime Solvers at 861-1212.

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