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New Kent Man Indicted in Williamsburg Abduction Case

Richard Lee Gibson (Williamsburg Police Department)

WILLIAMSBURG — The City of Williamsburg announced Friday that Richard Lee Gibson, 59, of New Kent, was indicted for abduction with intent to defile, object sexual penetration, and sexual battery in connection with an incident that occurred in September of last year.

The Williamsburg Police Criminal Investigations Bureau presented the case against Gibson on May 10 to a Grand Jury. According to the city, investigators have been piecing together evidence from an abduction incident on Sept. 30 at approximately 11:55 p.m., near the intersection of Prince George Street and Armistead Avenue

Officials said the initial investigation revealed that an unknown suspect grabbed a woman from behind and groped her genitalia. When the woman screamed, the suspect released her and ran off, police said. No injuries to the victim were reported.

Investigators quickly identified Gibson as a possible suspect, according to officials, and while collecting additional evidence that linked Gibson to the abduction, investigators discovered video evidence from a separate incident that showed Gibson placing his cell phone between the legs of an unsuspecting woman and unlawfully creating an image of her.

Investigators obtained two misdemeanor charges against Gibson for unlawfully creating an image of another and possession of obscene items, and those charges were filed on Oct. 14.

Gibson was apprehended in Florida on March 19 and transferred to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on March 26.

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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