Louisa suspect sought to escape gang

Keith Saunders-Mallory

Keith Saunders-Mallory

A man who kicked in the door of a Buckner Road house did so as part of his effort to escape a gang, a prosecutor and his attorney said in court.

Keith Saunders-Mallory, 18, of Bumpass, faces charges of breaking into a house to commit robbery and doing so as part of a gang. He was denied bond after a brief hearing in Louisa General District Court on May 23.

Rusty McGuire, Louisa County commonwealth’s attorney, said Saunders-Mallory wanted out of the Nine Trey Bloods, a subset of the nationally known Bloods street gang. He was given two options: Pay $500, or join two other gang members in an attempted robbery.

Saunders-Mallory chose the latter option. He and two others allegedly broke into the house in the 2400 block of Buckner Road on May 9 at about 6 p.m. Someone inside the house, who Saunders-Mallory recognized, fired several gunshots and struck him twice in the buttocks and the arm with birdshot, according to McGuire. Saunders-Mallory was treated for his injuries at a hospital and taken to Henrico County Jail.

When Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Det. Mark Foster asked Saunders-Mallory what had happened, he refused to identify the other two individuals who were with him that evening, McGuire said.

(Article by David Holtzman)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s May 30, 2019 issue.

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