This Week in Crime: Deputies Looking for Suspect in Road Rage Assault

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ThisWeekInCrimeA man reported he was punched in the face in a road rage incident, two suspects in an abduction case had some of the charges against them dropped and a man is accused of stealing copper from James City County Recycling.

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

York County

Deputies Looking for Suspect in Road Rage Assault

A man was punched in the face after adhering to the school zone speed limit, deputies said.

The man said he was driving down Seaford Road around 8:36 a.m. Thursday, slowing down to 25 mph when he saw the school zone lights flashing, according to a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office report.

The driver of a dark gray Dodge Caravan began tailgating him, then passed him and slammed on the brakes, the report said. When both cars were stopped, the driver the Caravan exited his car and approached the other driver, punched him in the face, then drove away.

The report said the driver who was punched was not seriously injured.

Though public schools do not open until Tuesday, YPSO and the York County School Division arranged to have the school zone signs begin flashing early to help prepare drivers for the school year.

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

City of Williamsburg

Charges Dropped for Two Suspects in City Abduction Case

(From left to right) Tajaddin Daily, Jameka Smith and Derrick Smith are accused of abducting a man and a woman and forcing them to withdraw from the Wawa ATM. (Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
(From left to right) Tajaddin Daily, Jameka Smith and Derrick Smith are accused of abducting a man and a woman and forcing them to withdraw from the Wawa ATM. (Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

Two of the three suspects accused of kidnapping a couple and demanding them to withdraw cash from the Wawa ATM had some of the charges against them dropped.

Before Derrick Antoine Smith, 34, and Jameka L. Smith, 33, waived their preliminary hearings in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court on Tuesday, the prosecution dropped some of the charges against them.

The prosecution dropped one of the abduction charges and the conspiracy to commit robbery charge against both of them. The possession of a firearm by a felon charge against Derrick Smith was also dropped.

They both still face charges of abduction, robbery and use of a firearm – all felonies. Their cases will move forward to trial.

Derrick and Jameka Smith, along with Tajaddin Ismael Daily, are accused of abducting two people at gunpoint.

The trio gave a Williamsburg man a ride from Hampton to his apartment on Merrimac Trail around 2 a.m. Aug. 2, according to court documents. The man reported they pulled out a black automatic handgun and demanded money when they arrived at the apartment complex.

After he handed them his wallet, they said it was not enough and ordered him upstairs to his apartment where his girlfriend was sleeping, court documents show. Daily and Derrick Smith followed him and, once inside, demanded money from the girlfriend then forced the couple downstairs and into the car.

Jameka Smith is accused of driving the two victims, Derrick Smith and Daily to the Wawa, where she demanded the girlfriend enter the store and threatened her, saying she had a gun in her purse. The girlfriend said she was unable to withdraw cash from the ATM and was then ordered back into the car. Her boyfriend remained in the store, refusing to re-enter the car.

The girlfriend was brought back to her apartment, where the suspects are accused of taking an iPad and a silver-colored chain. Both she and her boyfriend called the police from their respective locations.

Williamsburg Police officers spotted a car that matched the provided description traveling along Capitol Landing Road toward the interstate minutes after the incident was reported.

Before the car was stopped near Exit 242 B on Interstate 64 East, officers saw objects being thrown from the car, the police report said. A silver-colored chain and a black semi-automatic handgun were recovered.

The three suspects were detained and brought to the Williamsburg Police Department, where they each implicated one another in the robbery and abduction, police said.

Derrick Smith’s trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 1. Jameka Smith’s trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 18.

Daily’s preliminary hearing, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been continued until Oct. 1.

James City County

Copper Stolen from JCC Recycling

Police have arrested a man in connection with the theft of more than 400 pounds of copper from James City County Recycling.

Anthony D. English, 22, is accused of cutting a hole in the fence to enter JCC Recycling then cutting into a locked metal container to steal the copper June 23.

He is also accused of taking copper and air conditioner coils from the old fisher building on Hicks Island Road on June 18.

English then sold the items to Sims Metal Management for $400, according to the James City County Police report.

English has been charged with two felony counts each of breaking-and-entering and grand larceny.

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