James City County Police arrest three suspects on one robbery and have a fourth suspect in custody for two others
April 26, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stephen A. Rubino, Major
Phone: (757) 259-5142
On 4/25/11 at 4 p.m., three black males approached the Ben & Jerry’s Lemonade Stand located in the Premium Outlets at 5699 Richmond Road. One of the suspects grabbed the money bag from the stand and victim. All three fled on foot. The victim chased the suspects toward Richmond Road while calling 911 on his cell phone. The victim was able to provide a description of the suspects and a direction of travel. Responding James City County Police Officers quickly established a perimeter and located the suspects near the back entrance to the Williamsburg Sentara Hospital. After a foot pursuit, all three suspects were taken into custody. John Michael Cowles, 18 year old B/M, of Merrimac Trail in Williamsburg was charged with Robbery. Ashton Lee Vaughn Green, 18 year old B/M, of Merrimac Trail in Williamsburg was charged with Accessory to Robbery. The third suspect, a 16 year old B/M, was also charged with Robbery. Cash was recovered from the wooded area behind the hospital. The two adult suspects are being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond. The juvenile is being held at the Merrimac Center.
On 4/26/11 at 12 p.m., a black male suspect entered the Olde Towne Pharmacy located at 4854 Longhill Road armed with a black semi-automatic handgun and robbed the pharmacist of prescription drugs before running from the store. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect fleeing in a Silver Jeep on Olde Towne Road toward Richmond Road. Responding James City County Police Officers spotted the vehicle. The suspect fled in the vehicle heading east on Richmond Road. The Officers pursued the suspect vehicle down Richmond Road, onto Ironbound Road, and into the Oxford Section of New Town where the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. A .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect reportedly swallowed a number of the stolen prescription drugs during the pursuit and is currently being treated at Williamsburg Sentara Hospital. The James City County Police Department expects to charge the suspect with the robbery of the Olde Towne Pharmacy as well as the robbery that occurred at the Rite Aid Pharmacy located at 1303 Jamestown Road on 4/18/11. The suspect is a 29 year old black male from Raleigh Street in Williamsburg.
Thanks to the effort of victims and witnesses in these cases as well as the quick and professional response by the James City County Police Department, the suspects in these cases were taken into custody without any injury or damage to property.
James City County Police have arrested and charged Christopher Shane Hamilton, B/M, 29, of Raleigh Street in Williamsburg for the April 26 robbery of the Olde Towne Pharmacy and the April 18 robbery of the Rite Aid Pharmacy. He was charged with Robbery, Abduction (four counts), Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony (five counts), and Evade & Elude.
For the April 18 incident, he was charged with Robbery, Abduction, Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony (two counts), and Assault & Battery.
Further information: Hamilton ordered the pharmacist at the Olde Towne Pharmacy to give him Oxcotin and grabbed her forcing her to the drugs while holding three other employees at gunpoint. After surrendering to James City County Police and being taken into custody by police, Hamilton stated to the arresting officers; “Thanks for catching me!” The weapon recovered from his vehicle was fully loaded.