Police: Man found in burning car killed by MS–13

WOODBRIDGE—Police in Northern Virginia say a man found dead in a burning vehicle earlier this year was abducted and murdered by four MS–13 gang members.

Prince William County police said in a news release Wednesday that the victim has been identified as 25-year-old Santos Arquimidis Sorto Amaya of Woodbridge.

The news release says Sorto Amaya was last seen leaving his home March 13 to go to work. His body was found in a burning car in a park two days later. Police say he was abducted, fatally shot and put in the car’s trunk.

Police had previously announced the arrests of four people in the killing. The news release says detectives have learned they were members of MS–13 who did not know the victim.

Sheriff: Deputies killed armed man following chase

ABINGDON—A southwest Virginia sheriff says deputies fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at them after a lengthy chase.

Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman said at a news conference Wednesday that the man has been identified as 37-year-old Phillip Cameron Gibson II of Castlewood.

The Bristol Herald Courier and WCYB report the chase began Tuesday night when a patrol officer spotted a vehicle in Abingdon believed to have been involved in a theft earlier in the week.

Newman says Gibson fled, leading officers on a chase along an interstate and smaller roads before crashing and taking off on foot.

The sheriff says Gibson tripped and pointed a gun at officers, who then shot him.

Three deputies involved are on administrative leave. State police are investigating.

Girls accused

of planning

to kill classmate

MANASSAS—A 10-year-old girl and 11-year-old girl are accused of conspiring to kill a fellow student in Virginia.

News outlets cite a statement from Prince William County Police that says the two girls communicated with each other in “cryptic language” by text message and encouraged deleting threat-related messages.

Police were called to a county school April 25, after a parent made a report to staff. The two girls were each charged as juveniles with conspiracy to commit a felony on Friday.

Details of the texts weren’t disclosed, but police say the target was another girl at the school. No motive was listed. No threat was carried out.

The girls weren’t identified because of their age. Their school has not been named.

Virginia hotel clerk fired for calling black patron ‘monkey’

NEWPORT NEWS—A white hotel clerk in Virginia has been fired after he was caught on video calling a black customer a monkey.

The Washington Post reports the video shows the clerk at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson in Newport News telling Irby Fogleman to “get off my property” and saying Fogleman is “rude.” As the clerk turns away, he can be heard muttering a curse word and saying “monkey.” The clerk’s name has not been released.

The confrontation happened Friday. The hotel’s general manager, Lisa Little, says the employee was fired Monday. Fogleman says he and his family were at the hotel to see his mother, who was visiting. He says he had asked the clerk to for a new room because his mother’s room smelled like smoke.

Virginia man cleared of all charges on eve of murder trial

NORFOLK—A man who spent nearly 1 ½ years in jail on charges related to a 2016 shooting has been cleared, right before his murder trial was to begin.

Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Amanda Howie tells The Virginian-Pilot prosecutors dropped the charges against 25-year-old Davon Ramone Richardson because further investigation turned up more evidence.

Richardson was scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in the death of 24-year-old Dante Lewis of Chicago. Defense lawyer London Crouse says surveillance video showing someone else shooting Lewis was a turning point.

Howie wouldn’t comment further, saying detectives were still working the case.

Richardson was arrested two weeks after the July 2016 shooting on a second-degree murder charge and related gun count. He remained jailed until he was freed on $25,000 bond in January.

Actor to speak at VCU commencement this weekend

RICHMOND—Actor Boris Kodjoe will address graduates and their families at Virginia Commonwealth University’s commencement exercises this weekend.

The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Richmond Coliseum. Students will receive undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

Kodjoe was a 1996 graduate of the VCU School of Business and a standout tennis player. He was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.

He has appeared in TV shows including “Boston Public” and “Soul Food” as well as feature films including “Love & Basketball” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.”

—The Associated Press

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