The Richmond Register

June 16, 2014

Domestic incident leads to seven charges


Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — A Kit Carson Drive man is facing seven charges after Richmond Police responded to a domestic-disturbance complaint Wednesday.

Zachary Thomas, 21, remained Monday in the Madison County Detention Center charged with violating a domestic violence order, second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking ($500 to $10,000), first-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief.

Officers were dispatched at 9:10 p.m. to the apartment of Thomas’ former girlfriend, according to a Richmond Police report. The women told them she came home to find him inside her apartment.

An argument ensured, and Thomas threw a chair at her, police said they were told.

He then took the victim’s car keys and wallet from her purse and left in her vehicle. It was later recovered at a nearby residence.

According to the report, Thomas was already under a domestic violence order, prohibiting him from having contact with the victim.

About an hour after police spoke with the victim at a friend’s apartment, an officer observed Thomas exiting the victim’s apartment, the police report stated.

As police approached him, Thomas fled on foot, but officers pursued him through the apartment complex and eventually he was apprehended, the report added.

Thomas resisted arrest and had to be subdued, police said. During the struggle, one officer’s uniform was ripped, and another’s watch band was broken. The victim’s car keys and wallet were not recovered, the report stated.

Parole violation leads to several arrests

The arrest of a Ballard Drive man on a parole-violation warrant Thursday, led to the arrest of three of his companions.

An officer who knew Sammy Ratliff, 22, was wanted, stopped the car in which he was a passenger, according to the police report.

When the officer discovered the driver’s license was suspended, she was arrested. Two syringes were then discovered in her purse, and a Xanax pill was found on her person, the report stated.

In addition to the suspended-license charge, Vivian Robinson, 26, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without insurance.

Another passenger in the vehicle supplied officers with a false name, and when his identity was discovered, officers learned he was wanted in Fayette County on a failure-to-appear charge.

Jim Rhorer, 31, of Evansdale Avenue was arrested on the strength of the warrant and charged with giving an officer a false name, the report added.

A third passenger, David Johnson, 49, was arrested after police learned two warrants charged him with failure to appear in court.

Ratliff and Rhorer remained in jail Monday afternoon. Robinson was released early Friday morning, and Johnson was released Saturday, according to the jail’s online records.

Naked child found outside at night

A Lancaster Avenue woman, Leah M. Guffey, 29, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor late Thursday night after police said her naked, unattended child was found wandering in an apartment building parking lot.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Lancaster Avenue at about 10:45 p.m. after a witness phoned in a report.

The witness said knocking on the apartment’s door and ringing the doorbell had elicited no response. After five minutes of the officer’s attempting to rouse someone at the residence, Guffey came to the door, the police report stated.

She was identified as the child’s mother, and police determined Guffey was asleep when the child managed to open the door and exit the apartment.  

Guffey was cited and released with social services to conduct a follow-up investigation, the police report stated.

Man found under bicycle

Police found a man lying on his back under a bicycle in the Lexington Road Subway restaurant’s parking Friday night.

Responding to the report of a man on the pavement, police said they found an intoxicated Phillip Boyd Jr., 27, of Albany in the parking lot.

A search of his person produced two and a half hydrocodone pills and a small amount of marijuana, the report stated.

Boyd was charged with possession of marijuana, and second-degree possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication. He was taken to the detention center from which he was released Saturday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.