This Week in Crime: Manslaughter Charge Dropped in Fatal DUI Case for More Severe Charges

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ThisWeekInCrimeA man accused of driving drunkenly during a fatal crash has had one charge dropped in favor of more severe charges, one of the suspects in the armed robbery of convenience store clerks in Toano has pleaded guilty, and investigators appeal to the public for help.

Check out all the crime stories that did not make the headlines this week and others you may have missed below.

James City County

Armed Robbery Suspect Pleads Guilty

Dominnic ChristianOne of the men accused in the armed robbery in which convenience store clerks were locked in a freezer pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Dominnic Lamar Christian, a 21-year-old from Yorktown, was arrested in connection with the Dec. 29 armed robbery of the Star Express on Old Stage Road in Toano.

Christian, who is suspected of being in the getaway car with another accomplice while two men robbed the convenience store, pleaded guilty to one count of felony robbery. Initially, Christian faced seven charges but six have been dropped because of insufficient evidence.

His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 13 in the Williamsburg-James City Courthouse.

The man suspected of being in the getaway car with Christian had the charges against him dropped in April because of insufficient evidence, though the prosecutor at the time said the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office would look into directly indicting him.

The two men accused of entering the store, robbing the clerks and locking them in the freezer – Dijon Boyd and Donte Nelson – have court dates scheduled for next month. Boyd has not entered a plea and is expected in court Sept. 16. Nelson has pleaded not guilty and his trial is scheduled for Sept. 10.

Manslaughter Charge Dropped in Favor of More Severe Charges

A DUI manslaughter charge against Robert Paul Twiddy was dropped in Williamsburg-James City County District Court on Thursday.

Twiddy, 32, is accused of being drunk when he was involved in a head-on collision that killed the other driver, 50-year-old Jeffrey Matthew Minkins, in February.

James City County Police said Twiddy had a blood alcohol level of .155 during the crash.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Cathy Black said the DUI manslaughter charge against Twiddy has been dropped because her office recently decided to directly indict him on more serious charges.

In July, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office indicted him on charges of murder, aggravated involuntary manslaughter, third or subsequent offense of driving while intoxicated and driving on a forfeited license.

His trial is scheduled for Oct. 27.

Teenager Arrested in Stolen Firearms Case

A 17-year-old boy from Yorktown is facing five charges in connection with a home burglary earlier this month.

James City County Police received a report that two guns had been stolen from a house on the 4800 block of John Tyler Highway between 3:30 and 10:30 p.m. Aug. 4

Investigators tracked down a witness who had seen a 17-year-old with a rifle the same night of the burglary and obtained petitions for his arrest.

The boy, who is not being named because of his age, faces two felony charges of grand larceny and one felony breaking-and-entering charge. He also faces one count each of destruction of property and carrying a concealed weapon, both misdemeanors.

Police Want Public’s Help Finding Suspected Drug Dealer

David FryeThe James City County Police Department is appealing to the public to help find a man suspected of dealing drugs.

David Jerome Frye, 19, faces two charges: distribution of marijuana, a felony, and violation of a court order, a misdemeanor, according to a post on James City County’s Facebook page.

Frye’s last known address is on Concord in the Ford’s Colony neighborhood in James City County.

Anyone with information on Frye’s current location should call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP. Those with information that leads to an arrest may be eligible to receive a reward of up to $1,000.

York County

Deputies Look to Identify Suspected Liquor Thief

liquor theft
Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office

Investigators with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office need help to identify a suspected thief.

The surveillance photo to the left shows a man suspected of stealing a bottle of liquor from the ABC store on the 200 block of Village Avenue around 3:26 p.m. Aug. 17.

The man is described as 35 to 40 years old, between 5-foot-10 and 6-feet tall and around 260 to 290 pounds.

At the time of the incident, he was wearing a light blue T-shirt underneath a pale blue button-down shirt, khaki cargo pants and white Adidas sneakers.

Those with information should call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP or the Facebook tip line at 757-890-4999.