UPDATE: Kidnapped Chesterfield girl and lacking little one discovered, suspect in custody
RICHMOND, Virginia (WRIC) – Petersburg Police Department and Chesterfield Police Department located a abducted woman and her missing child on Sunday afternoon. Maryiah Rhem and her little son Royce Rhem were found safe and intact in Petersburg.
Police arrived at the 12,500 block of Mount Blanco Court on December 27, responding to a fire call and kidnapping. Officials were told that St. Petersburg suspect Patrick Sharod Parrish, 29, brandished a gun and forced victim Maryiah Rhem, 24, from Chesterfield into his vehicle.
Petersburg police now have Parrish in custody and say he is being served on pending arrest warrants.
Maryiah Rhem and Royce Rhem
Police had received arrest warrants for Parrish for kidnapping, using a firearm in the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal, reckless use of a firearm, and swinging and unloading a firearm within 600 feet of a house.
Mount Blanco Court neighbors Eva and George Sedor tell 8News that they were awake when the gunfire rang out. “I had just got to a point where I felt sleepy. Maybe I should turn off my lights and try to go to sleep and then all of a sudden pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, and then a short break. And then the same again. And it was five the first time and then six. ”
The Sedors say they recognized the gunfire. “When I first heard it, it was instantly automatic gunfire,” said Eva Sedor.
The shots Parrish fired don’t seem to be aimed at anyone or anything, says Brad Conner, Chesterfield police lieutenant.
“Even so, shots fired when people are being kidnapped are very important to law enforcement,” Lieutenant Conner told 8News.
Patrick Sharod Parrish
Officials encourage anyone with information to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251, Chesterfield / Colonial Heights Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660, or use the P3 app.
Mount Blanco Court (photos by Tyler Thrasher)
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