Monday, February 6, 2023

Police: Woman attacked, shot in James City County. Masked suspect remains at large

(WYDaily/File photo)
(WYDaily/File photo)

Area authorities are searching for a man they say attacked and shot a woman while she was walking in James City County Thursday.

The 20-year-old woman, a York County resident, was shot in the lower left leg. She was taken by medics to Riverside Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released.

It happened just past noon Thursday. James City County Police said the woman was walking on Adams Road “when she realized someone was behind her.”

That’s near Gibson’s Mobile Home Park.

The woman walked faster but the suspect got closer.

The woman told police the suspect grabbed her from behind. She fell on the ground.

She struggled with the man and noticed that he was armed with a pocketknife, police said.

The woman was able to break free but the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot her.

Police said the suspect fled on foot.

He is described as a black man, 5-foot-11 and weighing about 150-170 pounds. He was wearing black pants, a black pullover hoodie, a black scarf-style mask and royal blue winter-type gloves.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to call James City County Police at 757-253-1800.

Tipsters may also call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP or submit tips online at

Callers to the Crime Line and P3 Tips users may remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 if the information provided leads to an arrest, police said.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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