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This week, authorities responded to fights at a restaurant and a hotel, and police are looking for a man who stole a pickup truck and eluded police before fleeing on foot.

Check out all the crime stories that did not make the headlines this week below.


Police Arrest Woman Sleeping in Vehicle Parked in Roadway

A woman who had stopped her car on the road in Williamsburg was charged with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance last week.

Williamsburg Police officers responded to the area around Lafayette and Botetourt streets at around 2:20 a.m. March 29 and found Tiffaney Lyn Saunders-Rice sleeping in a car, which was parked in the roadway.

Maj. Greg Riley with the Williamsburg Police Department said Saunders-Rice appeared intoxicated, so officers arrested her for a DUI.

When they searched her and her car, they found a clear glass smoking device in her purse and charged her with possession of a controlled substance.

She was taken into custody at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, and the smoking device was sent to the forensics lab for testing.

James City County Man Charged With Breaking into Williamsburg Home

Williamsburg Police say a drunken man kicked the back door of a home in an attempt to break into the residence late Monday night.

Officers arrested 38-year-old Floyd Lee James Jr. after the owner of the Dunning Street house called 911 at around 10:30 p.m. and told police a man had kicked in the back door then fled the scene.

Officers located James in the area and determined he was intoxicated, Riley said.

They arrested him and charged him with misdemeanor drunk in public, DUI, trespassing and destruction of property as well as one felony count of entering a house to commit a felony.

Police Looking for Vehicle Theft Suspect

Williamsburg Police are asking the public for help in finding the driver of a stolen vehicle who eluded police.

Officers received a report March 31 about a white Ford pickup that had been stolen around the 200 block of Merrimac Trail.

Riley said the pickup had the words “Ram Jack” printed on the side and was being driven by a white man wearing a black baseball cap.

A responding officer spotted the truck in the 800 block of Capitol Landing Road heading toward Interstate 64 and attempted to pull the driver over, but the driver turned into a nearby parking lot and made a U-turn before speeding away.

After the driver sped away, the officer was flagged down by a citizen, who told the officer the truck had just gone over the bridge at Capitol Landing Road and Lafayette Street traveling at a high rate of speed, Riley said.

Following the citizen’s tip, the officer drove over the bridge and spotted the truck, which had run off the road near the end of Waller Street near its intersection with York Street.

The suspect had fled on foot and is still missing.

The Williamsburg Police Department is asking anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP or the police department at 757-220-2331.

York County

Fight at Uno Restaurant Leads to Six Charges for Newport News Man

A 47-year-old man was arrested after authorities say he was fighting with other patrons at a restaurant in York County.

Lt. Dennis Ivey with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said Jeffery O. Smith, a Newport News man, was “belligerent, screaming” and “obviously intoxicated” when deputies arrived at Uno Pizzeria & Grill on Victory Boulevard March 28 after receiving a call about a fight in progress.

Ivey said Smith was being escorted out of the restaurant when he began assaulting a deputy, grabbing his left arm and attempting to fight him.

The deputy was eventually able to arrest Smith and take him to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

No one was injured during the incident.

Smith now faces one count of disorderly conduct, two counts of assault and battery, one count of  destruction of property and one count of obstructing justice — all misdemeanors — as well as one felony count of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer.

YPSO Looking for Walmart Assault Suspect

YPSO is looking for this man who they say shut a car door on a woman. (Courtesy YPSO)
YPSO is looking for this man who they say shut a car door on a woman. (Courtesy YPSO)

YPSO deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man accused of shutting a car door on a woman March 23.

A post on the YPSO Facebook page said the woman was getting into her car — which was parked at the Tabb Walmart — at around 10:50 a.m. when a man approached her and shut her car door on her, injuring her shoulder and scratching the car.

The suspect then fled in a silver Galant car, the post said.

Anyone with information on the suspect pictured is asked to call Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP or the Facebook crime tip line at 890-4999.

James City County

JCC Woman Accused of Stealing from Belk

A 53-year-old woman was arrested Monday after she was caught throwing a bag of stolen items into a trash bin, police said.

Dawn Noel Pedersen, a James City County woman, took two necklaces, a bracelet, three pairs of earrings and a can opener from Belk in Windsormeade Marketplace, according to a police report.

Police said Pedersen hid the items, which were valued at a total of $286, in a plastic grocery bag before leaving.

Loss prevention officers followed her out of store and watched her throw the bag into a trash bin after she realized she was being followed, the police report said.

She was arrested and charged with felony shoplifting.

JCC Man Faces Charges in Hotel Fight

A drunken hotel fight led to a broken window, lacerations and felony charges for a 47-year-old man, police said.

James City County Police responded Monday to the Pineapple Inn on Richmond Road and were told Richard Dean Scott had gotten into a fight with another man, according to Stephanie Williams with the James City County Police Department.

One of the hotel’s windows was broken during the fight, Williams said.

Both men suffered from lacerations and had to be transported to a local hospital. Both men were also thought to have been intoxicated.

Scott was arrested and charged with felony malicious wounding and misdemeanor destruction of property.

The other man involved in the fight did not receive any charges.

JCC Police Receive Multiple Phone Scam Reports

Authorities are working to inform citizens of local and national scams after receiving multiple calls regarding scams throughout the week.

Several of the scams involved someone calling and claiming to be an agent from the IRS, telling people they owed back taxes and would be arrested if they did not pay immediately.

Other calls involved someone claiming to be from the U.S. Treasury, and another person was scammed out of $850 after using a moneygram to buy a handgun from that never arrived.

James City County Police have provided a list of typical scams and information on what to do if a scammer contacts a citizen.

“Citizens are encouraged to remain vigilant in identifying other potential scams, especially around the holidays,” the fraud alert page states.

In addition, James City County Police officers are doing presentations to civic organizations and other groups to warn them about scams.

Newport News Woman Charged in JCC Robbery

A woman is facing three felonies after being accused of driving three people to and from a robbery on King William Drive.

The robbery occurred Nov. 10 in a neighborhood behind the Williamsburg Premium Outlets, police said.

Four people entered the house in the 100 block of King William Drive, stole two firearms and purse containing cash, a cell phone, a debit card, a credit card and a checkbook and assaulted one of the occupants, who suffered a fractured jaw, Williams said.

Jaleshia Whitlock, a 19-year-old Newport News woman, is accused of driving the suspects to and from the scene.

Newport News Police found the stolen guns in her residence when they responded to an unrelated call in December, Williams said.

Whitlock was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony conspiracy to commit robbery and two felony counts of theft of a firearm.

A 15-year-old was also arrested in connection with the incident and is facing felony charges of robbery, assault, grand larceny and breaking and entering.

The investigation is ongoing, Williams said.

Judge Grants Mental Health Evaluation for Accused Rapist

A 32-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a woman he knows will undergo a mental health evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Anthony Mayfield Utley was arrested in December after his accuser told police Utley forced her onto the floor during an argument and forcefully had sex with her.

The alleged rape occurred in the 1600 block of Skiffes Creek Circle in Carter’s Village off Pocahontas Trail.

Utley faces one count of rape, one count of forcible sodomy and one count of abduction for the incident and will appear in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. May 15 with his attorney, who will present a judge with the results of the mental health evaluation.

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