2017-10-04 / News Briefs



Homeless man faces kidnapping and rape charges

A homeless man has been charged with multiple offenses after he allegedly abducted, raped and robbed a former girlfriend at gunpoint, holding her for two days.

Chesterfield Police say that on Sept. 15, Terence L. Harkness, 36, forced an adult female who was known to him into a vehicle near Oriole Avenue. They then drove to another location, where Harkness physically assaulted the victim and threatened her.

The victim attempted to escape, but returned to the vehicle when threatened by Harkness. At one point, Harkness sexually assaulted the victim. Harkness held the victim at a location in the 26000 block of Pear Orchard Road until the early afternoon of Sept. 17. When Harkness left the location on Sept. 17, the victim was able to call a relative to pick her up. Police were called at that time. The investigation indicates that at some point during the incident Harkness fired shots, though not at the victim.

In relation to the incident, Harkness has been charged with abduction, assault and battery, rape, robbery, felonious use of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless handling of a firearm.

Driver charged with DUI after hitting school bus

A driver has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after hitting a school bus near the intersection of Rockdale and Lindell roads last week, sending two people to the hospital.

At about 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, the school bus was traveling south on Rockdale Road when it was struck on its passenger’s side by a Jeep Cherokee traveling north on Lindell Road. A police investigation indicates that the driver of the Jeep disregarded the stop sign at the intersection. One student on the bus, a juvenile male, and the bus driver were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Thomas C. Fensch, 73, of the 8800 block of Rockdale Road, has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Man indicted with felony homicide in relation to overdose

A man has been indicted with felony homicide in relation to a fatal drug overdose that occurred on Feb. 14 of last year.

At about 11 p.m. on that date, police responded to a cardiac arrest at a residence in the 5000 block of Caldwell Avenue. The victim, Christian C. Ortman, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation indicated that Ortman, of the 5000 block of Caldwell Avenue, died as the result of a heroin overdose.

Further investigation indicated that Charles R. Dobson, 28, provided the heroin to Ortman. On March 14, 2016, detectives obtained a warrant for Dobson for distribution of a controlled substance in relation to the incident. On May 23, 2017, Dobson, who had moved to California, turned himself in to police and was served with the outstanding warrant.

On Sept. 18, a Chesterfield County Grand Jury issued an indictment for felony homicide in relation to the incident. Dobson was arrested on Sept. 20, and released the next day on a $5,000 bond.

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