Wednesday, April 24, 2024

New Kent Man Wanted in Williamsburg Apprehended in Florida

Richard Lee Gibson (Williamsburg Police Department)

WILLIAMSBURG — A New Kent man wanted in Williamsburg for unlawfully creating an image of another and possession of obscene items has been apprehended in Florida, the Williamsburg Police Department announced Monday.

Richard Lee Gibson, 59, was apprehended by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) after a tip that a suspicious person was sailing a boat in the Caloosahatchee River, police said. LCSO deputies arrested Gibson without incident, and he was transported to the Lee County Jail.

According to police, Gibson was recognized from a WAVY News article.

Investigators from the Williamsburg Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) extradited Gibson back to Virginia on Mar. 26, and he is currently being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond.

According to police, CIB investigators discovered Gibson intentionally fled Virginia in a sailboat by way of the Intracoastal Waterway, adding it is investigating additional felony offenses alleged to have been committed by Gibson. 

The Williamsburg Police Department thanked the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for its assistance. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Investigator Corbin Brown at 757-220-6237. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Peninsula Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or online. 

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