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Shooting lands teen in hospital, another in jail

SoVaNow.com / January 20, 2021


A dust-up between two teens in Skipwith ended with one of the youths hospitalized in Richmond with gunshot wounds and the other in jail.

Eighteen-year-old Armani Jones was found shot in the stomach when Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a home in the 19000 block of Highway 49 in the early afternoon of Jan. 14. Officers were responding to a 911 call about a person being shot.

When they arrived, deputies found Jones lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and a second graze wound. Jones was first transported to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill before being transferred to VCU Health in Richmond for treatment of what MCSO Capt. Andy Ezell described as serious and life-threatening injuries.

Ezell said he had no additional information about the health status of Jones, though he believed he was still at VCU Health in Richmond.

The Sheriff’s Office is releasing few details about the incident while the investigation continues. However, Ezell shared the name of the suspect arrested in the crime: Chad Hayes, 18, of Chase City, who is known to his friends as “CJ,” was interviewed and later charged with aggravated malicious wounding, Ezell said.

He is being held at Meherrin River Regional Jail without bond.

In other police news, a missing person alert for Arionna Royster has been cancelled. She was found safe Jan. 15, four days after her mother Katonia Lyons first shared news on social media that Royster was missing.

Lyons had also reached out to the National Center for Missing and Endangered, Inc.

Ezell said that as a result of the investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, “it was learned that [Royster] was safe and no further investigation was needed.” He added that the reason for the girl’s disappearance was a private matter among the family.

Deputies are also investigating the theft of various items removed from a job site on Herbert Drive in Boydton. Ezell reported that “numerous items were taken” on Jan. 11 from the job site at 959 Herbert Drive, but did not specify the types of property that were removed.

Anyone with information about these crimes or any crimes in Mecklenburg County are asked to contact the Mecklenburg County Crime Solvers at 1-877-676-8477 information leading to an arrest could result in payment of up to $1000.

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