The City of Hopewell, Virginia
Hopewell Police Department
Kamran Afzal, Chief of Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2019
For Further Information Contact: Lt. Paul Intravia
Criminal Investigations Unit – (804) 541-2273
Release Number: 2019-013019
Convenience store robbery suspects identified and arrested
[Hopewell, VA] – On January 22, 2019 at approximately 11:18a.m., officers responded to the Broadway Express convenience store located in the 300 Block of E. Broadway Street for an armed robbery that had just occurred. The preliminary investigation revealed that the two offenders entered the business and then separated. Offender#1 approached the lone clerk, brandished a handgun and demanded money with the second offender serving as a lookout. After receiving an undisclosed amount of currency, both offenders then fled the business on foot. The clerk was not injured during the incident.
Images of the offenders captured by the businesses security cameras were sent to media outlets in the greater Richmond area seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the offenders. Through investigation, the original two offenders were identified and a third, getaway driver, was discovered.
On January 26, 2019, officers arrested Mr. Joshua Xavier Knox, Age: 29 of the City of Hopewell, on charges of Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to commit a Felony, Abduction, Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On January 29, 2019, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Mr. Earl E. Taylor Jr., Age: 19 and Mr. Davonte T. Williams, Age: 24, both of the City of Hopewell, without incident. Mr. Earl E. Taylor Jr. faces charges of Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to commit a Felony, Abduction and Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony while Mr. Davonte T. Williams faces charges of Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to commit a Felony.
“Media coverage, concerned citizens willing to come forward with critical information, vigilant investigative follow up by detectives and our collaborative partnership with U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, led to all of the offenders being rapidly arrested and removed from the street”, said Detective Lieutenant Paul Intravia.
Photographs of the offenders are attached.
Last modified: January 30, 2019