Third suspect arrested for Charles City man’s murder, arson


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police have arrested a third suspect in connection to a homicide that happened just before a warehouse fire on Thurman Street in November.

18-year-old Johntae D. Sauls, 18, of the 3400 block of Maury Street, was arrested Friday, without incident.

Sauls has been charged with murder, robbery, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His booking photo is attached.

Two other suspects have been charged in connection to the crime.

18-year-old Roquanta R. Beard, of Ritter Street, turned himself in Thursday to Richmond police headquarters without incident and is charged with grand larceny.

Fire crews responded to Thurman Street at 2:22 a.m. on Nov. 1 for reports of a warehouse fire. Richmond firefighters found the body of 35-year-old Anthony S. Wheeler after the blaze was put out. Wheeler had been fatally shot, police said.

During the course of an investigation, authorities charged Marquise J. Culpepper with murder, robbery, arson and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Culpepper, a 20-year-old from Richmond, was already in custody on unrelated charges, authorities said Wednesday, and additional charges are pending.

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Warrants had been issued for two 18-year-old teens, Roquanta Beard and Johntae Sauls, in relation to the shooting death of Wheeler.

Roquanta Beard (left) and Johntae Sauls (right)

“We’d like to thank our media partners who shared this important information with the public,” said Major Crimes Lieutenant Lisa Watson. “Just hours after the media reports first appeared – the suspect surrendered.”



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