Police nab suspect in violent Colonial Heights abduction, sex assault


COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield County man has been arrested and charged in connection with a violent sex assault that occurred earlier this month in Colonial Heights. 

Police said the crime occurred in the early-morning hours of May 2 after they were called to the 200 block of Archer Avenue at 5:30 a.m. for reports of a suspicious female. 

Once on scene, officers found the woman in the woods; she was visibly disoriented and injured. 

She later told police she had met an unknown man in Petersburg earlier in the evening and agreed to join him at a restaurant in Colonial Heights. Later that night, the two left the restaurant and drove to 241 Archer Avenue — better known as Archer Avenue Pavilion.

That’s where the woman says the man robbed her of cash and both physically and sexually assaulted her. She was transported to VCU Medical Center with injuries that were described as non-life threatening.

Based on the description provided by the alleged victim, police were able to identify the suspect as 52-year-old Michael F. Gholson of Chesterfield County. 

Gholson was taken into custody on May 16 after members of the U.S. Marshal’s Capital Region Fugitive Task Force located him in the 700 block of Marks Alley in the City of Petersburg.

He’s been charged with rape, sodomy by force, malicious wounding, abduction and grand larceny. He is being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail.

He is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. on July 10. 

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