2017-05-17 / News Briefs



Man charged with hate crime against female driver

A Chester man has been charged with a hate crime following an incident that took place in the 500 block of East Hundred Road on May 3.

According to police, the adult female victim was in her vehicle, waiting to turn from Rivers Bend Boulevard onto westbound East Hundred Road, when another vehicle pulled up beside her, and its male driver began to shout at her. The victim – who was not known to the suspect – turned onto eastbound East Hundred Road to try to avoid him.

The suspect followed her, eventually striking the rear of her vehicle with his vehicle. After the collision, the suspect exited his vehicle, opened the victim’s car door and pulled her from her vehicle. Two male passersby attempted to restrain the suspect, and the victim was able to break free and run to a nearby business, where employees locked the door.

The suspect tried to force entry to the building, and three men restrained him until police arrived. While being apprehended, the suspect spit on two officers. Police say the suspect assaulted the victim because she is black.

Matthew R. Ellis, 27, of the 12200 block of Stonebridge Lane, has been charged with five felonies: assault and battery/hate crime, abduction and kidnapping, attempted breaking and entering, and two counts of assault and battery of a police officer/firefighter. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and disregarding a traffic signal.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Ellis’ attorney states in recently filed court papers that Ellis is paranoid and delusional, and needs to be evaluated for his competency and sanity before trial. The court has ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Ellis.

Police arrest juvenile for firing stolen gun

A 14-year-old male has been taken into custody after allegedly shooting a gun on May 8 in Midlothian.

According to county police, five juvenile male students were involved in a fight at Midlothian Middle School on May 9. While investigating that fight, they found that the boys had arranged to fight the previous day in the 1300 block of Buckingham Station Drive. When they met at Buckingham Station Drive, one of the boys, 14, produced a firearm and fired two shots. No one was injured.

The firearm involved in the incident was recovered near the site and found to be stolen. The officer completed a juvenile criminal complaint for the 14-year-old for discharging a firearm in a public place, possession of a stolen firearm, grand larceny (of the firearm) and brandishing a firearm. The boy was transported to juvenile detention.

Shots fired at occupied vehicle on I-95

State troopers are investigating a shooting that occurred the evening of May 9 on Interstate 95 southbound near the Chippenham Parkway exit.

According to state police, the victim of the shooting, an adult male, was driving a 2016 Toyota when another car pulled alongside his passenger side and fired at the Toyota, shooting it twice. The suspect’s vehicle was a gray or charcoal car, possibly a Buick or Chevrolet. The driver of the Toyota was not injured.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has information is asked to contact Virginia State Police at 553-3445 or #77, or email

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