Halifax Co, VA - It was a busy morning Saturday for law enforcement in Halifax County Deputies and South Boston Police. During the early morning hours, around 5 a.m., someone called 9-1-1 claiming that there was a breaking and entering in progress.
According to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark, both Halifax County and South Boston units were dispatched to a residence in the 9000 block of L.P. Bailey Memorial Highway, where the reported breaking and entering call was coming from.
Still on the phone with police, the caller advised that she could hear that someone was trying to break into her home. E911 Communications Center dispatchers kept the caller on the phone as they sent more police and deputies to the location.
The caller advised the dispatcher the subjects had entered the residence and that she could hear the culprits demanding that other household members give them their money.
Within minutes of receiving the call, Deputy Crystal Yeatts arrived on scene with Town of Halifax Lieutenant D.D. Irby and South Boston Patrolman R. Mead. Lt. Irby. The officers observed two male subjects with weapons that started running out of a side entrance of the house and into the woods.
Victims at the scene said that the alleged perpetrators broke into the house wearing ski masks and armed with shotguns and forced the occupants to lie down on the floor and demanded they hand over their money.
While also responding to the scene, Halifax County Sheriff's Corporal Seth Bowen observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Millstone Church. Cpl. Bowen stopped the vehicle and, upon investigation, suspected that the vehicle's operator may have also been involved with the incident.
More deputies, investigators, Virginia State Police units, a VSP helicopter and county K-9 units were dispatched to the scene.
A citizen notified authorities by telephone that he saw two people fitting the descriptions of the suspects walking on Liberty Road. Deputies were dispatched to the location but upon arrival, were notified that the subjects had been picked up by a vehicle traveling toward Volens Road.
Halifax County Sheriff's Corporal Darnell Barksdale was able to overtake a vehicle at the intersection of Volens Road and Lennig Road and upon further investigation suspected that two individuals in the car were involved in the incident.
The following individuals were charged in connection with this incident:
1. Eric Lamont Canada, 23, of 2014 Acorn Road, Nathalie, VA
- one count of armed robbery
- one count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony
- one count of grand larceny
2. Brooks DeShawn Boyd, 29, of 4136 Lennig Road, Nathalie, VA
- same charges as above
3. Andrew Hankins, 28, of 1030 Bostick Trail, Halifax, VA
- same charges as above plus:
- possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony
An undisclosed amount of cash and cell phones were taken in this incident. All items and the weapons used in the incident were recovered by law enforcement authorities.
All three subjects are currently being held at the Halifax Adult Detention Center without bond. More charges are likely, pending further investigation.
Sheriff Fred Clark would like to thank the E911 dispatchers, the Halifax and South Boston Police Departments, the Virginia State Police, deputies, investigators and the citizens of Halifax County for the great effort and teamwork involved in apprehending these individuals and says he thanks God that no one was hurt.