RICHMOND (WRIC) - A violent stabbing left 44-year-old Della Scott dead and 44-year-old Carolyn Chapman in the hospital with serious injuries.
The Richmond Police Department has arrested Benjamin P. Dancy, 50, of the 1600 block of Tyler Street, in connection with the murder of Scott, of Cumberland.
Police say they were able to quickly arrest the man who stabbed those women and it's all thanks to the hard work from the police department, and mainly the community's response.
Around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Major Steve Drew says Dancy robbed and stabbed the women at the Chamberlayne Gardens Apartment Complex.
Police were on sight overnight, asking the community to keep an eye out for the suspect.
"We got lucky," Drew says. "There was some evidence that was captured from a video camera, and we were able to take some still photos from that and pass them out in the community."
A few hours later, a citizen called saying he saw a man that matched the suspect's description.
Dancy is charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and credit card fraud in connection with the incident.
"We did recover evidence and throughout the investigation that we are fairly confident that robbery was the motive," Drew says.
Police are still investigating the incident, and more charges are pending.
Chapman is now in stable condition.
Keturah Barrow has known Carolyn Chapman for 10 years.
"I was so hurt," she says. "I immediately started crying and praying."
She says Pastor Chapman was a member End Time Church before branching out to her own ministry.
She's also a dear friend to Barrow and the close church family.
"She's just a loving person that we love, and we just want to reach out to her and let her know she has out support."
Meanwhile, Chapman's family and friends are keeping her and her teenage daughter in their prayers.
"I know that being who it happened to, she's going to come out being a stronger person."
There will be a conference prayer call for Carolyn Chapman at http://talkshoe.com from 6-7 p.m.
They can also call in at (724) 444-7444 and then enter Conference Room number 112628 and then the pass code is 1#.
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