Gun fire, flash bangs, armed robberies, murder and abduction. These are activities expected in a big city, not in a rural area like Louisa County. Violent street gangs are here in the county. According to law enforcement, gangs are like a cancer that will continue to grow if communities are not proactive.
Neighbors in the Cutler Avenue area of the town of Louisa have told of their experience of being awakened by what several described as the sound of gun shots or flash bangs during the early morning hours of Thursday, May 15. The neighbors were unaware at the time that an individual being apprehended by various law enforcement agencies was connected to a vicious gang.
On Friday, May 16, U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy announced that a federal grand jury returned a 28 count indictment charging eight defendants with federal racketeering, narcotics, robbery, kidnapping and murder charges related to a string of violent crimes across Central Virginia. A ninth defendant has been charged on a federal offense of obstruction of justice. Heaphy also said this is a pending case.
According to Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Major Donald Lowe, with the inclusion of several robberies into the Federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act (RICO) indictments the sheriff’s office will be able to close all of those cases.
Cases the sheriff’s office will be able to close due to the federal indictments include the October 2013 Yanceyville home invasion, December 2013 MacQueens robbery, the January Ferncliff Exxon robbery and the February Super Bowl Party assault and attempted robbery.
To read the entire story, see the May 22 edition of The Central Virginian.