RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Petersburg Police Department and Chesterfield Police Department located an abducted woman and her missing child on Sunday afternoon. Maryiah Rhem and her infant son Royce Rhem were found safe and unharmed in Petersburg.
Police arrived on the 12500 block of Mount Blanco Court on Dec. 27 responding to a call of shots fired and an abduction. Officers were told the suspect, Patrick Sharod Parrish, 29, of Petersburg brandished a firearm and forced the victim, Maryiah Rhem, 24, of Chesterfield, into his vehicle.
Petersburg police now have Parrish in custody and say he will be served on outstanding warrants.
Police had obtained warrants for the arrest of Parrish for abduction, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless handling of a firearm and brandishing and discharging a firearm within 600 feet of a home.
Neighbors Eva and George Sedor on Mount Blanco Court tell 8News they were awake when the shots rang out. “I had just gotten to the point where I was feeling sleepy, maybe I should turn my light out and try to go to sleep, and then all of a sudden, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, and then a brief pause. And then the same thing again. And it was like five the first time and then six.”
The Sedors say they recognized the gunfire. “When I first heard it, I immediately, it was automatic weapon fire,” said Eva Sedor.
The shots Parrish fired, Chesterfield Police Lieutenant Brad Conner says, appeared not to be towards anyone or anything.
“But, nonetheless, obviously shots being fired in the process of abducting somebody is certainly of great concern for law enforcement,” Lieutenant Conner told 8News.
Officers are encouraging anyone with information to contact the Chesterfield County Police at 804-748-1251, Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or using the P3 app.
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