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Police arrest woman accused in 18-year-old’s shooting death on Crawford Road

Amina Washington, 24 (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Amina Washington, 24 (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

Authorities have arrested a 24-year-old woman in connection to the death of an 18-year-old whose body was found on Crawford Road in York County last July, police said.

Amina Washington was taken into custody Thursday in Virginia Beach. She is charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office news release.

Washington is the second person arrested in the alleged murder of Portsmouth resident Austin Garrett Baxley. The first person, 20-year-old Julian Rios, was arrested July 2 in Chesapeake and charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Julian Rios, 20, is accused of shooting and killing a Portsmouth teenager on June 30. Rios was also charged with sexual battery on Aug. 23 while in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. (Courtesy of the VPRJ)
Julian Rios, 20, is accused of shooting and killing a Portsmouth teenager on June 30. Rios was also charged with sexual battery on Aug. 23 while in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. (Courtesy of the VPRJ)

Around midnight July 1, York-Poquoson deputies were dispatched to Crawford Road after a passerby reported what they believed to be a body on the side of the road.

Deputies and medics located the body of an 18-year-old white male near the Tour Road overpass in the vicinity of Yorktown Battlefield at Colonial National Historical Park.

Baxley was pronounced dead on the scene with shots to his head and torso. Police also found cartridge casings, fire projectiles, footprints and tire marks near Baxley’s body, court documents state.

The Virginia Beach Police Fugitive Unit and the Portsmouth Police assisted York investigators in locating Washington.

Austin Garrett Baxley, 18, was found shot and killed on Crawford Road on July 1. (Courtesy of Crystal VanValkenburg)
Austin Garrett Baxley, 18, was found shot and killed on Crawford Road on July 1. (Courtesy of Crystal VanValkenburg)

“Sheriff Diggs is very proud of the investigations division of the YPSO, especially Sgt. Schomburg for the great job they did working this case,” the release said.

Washington has no known address in Virginia Beach, the release said.

Rios was also charged with sexual battery in August after he allegedly grabbed another Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail inmate’s groin and made a sexual remark, court documents state.

The charge was dropped on Nov. 3.

WYDaily archives were used in this story.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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