A 20-year-old Chesapeake woman is facing fraud charges after she left a Richmond Road restaurant without paying her bill, police say.
The charges stem from a night out on the town that ended with one man in cuffs, a gun in a trash can and four people wanted for defrauding a restaurant.
According to Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department, in late February Sabrina Rochelle Holt — along with 27-year-old Jamel Lamar Jackson, 22-year-old Destiny Alexus Jones, 21-year-old Isaiah Wilson — left a restaurant in the 1600 block of Richmond Road without closing out their tab.
After the foursome left the restaurant without covering their bill, two officers pulled over a white Chrysler 300 for a traffic violation around 11:10 p.m. Feb. 20 near the intersection of Longhill and Richmond roads. Jones was driving, wearing a light pink or peach-colored dress, and Jackson was a passenger, wearing a dark-colored suit, Riley said.
Jones was released from the traffic stop with a warning. Police were unaware the party had left a restaurant without paying, Riley said.
After the traffic stop, the restaurant’s manager told responding officers that four people had left without closing out. The manager described the suspects’ vehicles as a pearl-colored Dodge Charger or Chevrolet Impala, and a dark blue Honda or Toyota Camry, Riley said.
Given the description of the vehicle, officers believed Jones, the driver of the white Chrysler, may have been involved.
Police were able to locate the car, driven by Jones, around 12:50 a.m., Riley said. The car pulled into a 7-Eleven in the 2200 block of Richmond Road.
The officer approached the vehicle and made “consensual contact” with Jones and Jackson. They admitted they had been at the restaurant and had not paid, and also identified the two other people who left without paying, Riley said.
While an officer was speaking with the couple, a 7-Eleven clerk got the attention of a second officer at the scene.
She told the officer Jackson had been in possession of a weapon and tried to hide it in the store, police said.
Riley said a weapon was recovered from a trash can during a police search of the area.
Jackson was arrested at the scene and charged with defrauding a restaurant and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Warrants for defrauding a restaurant were obtained by police for Wilson and Jones as well, and were served when the two turned themselves in at the Williamsburg Police Department the Tuesday following in the incident. Williamsburg police had an active warrant out for Holt Monday.
Jackson and Wilson are scheduled to appear in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court April 13 at 9:30 a.m. Jones is scheduled to appear March 21 at 8:31 a.m.