Suspect arrested, charged in the death of 55-year-old Petersburg man found in bank parking lot

The Tri-Cities

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A Petersburg woman has been arrested and charged in the death of a 55-year-old city resident whose body was found early Monday in the parking lot of a bank.

According to police, officers were called to the BB&T Bank on E. Washington Street for reports of a person down. Authorities found the body of Dirk Atkins in the parking lot when they arrived and began searching for a vehicle involved and suspect in the homicide investigation.

Officers found the vehicle and a suspect, identified as 43-year-old Dawna Harrison, at 11:17 a.m. on W. Wythe Street. Police said Harrison, who faces homicide charges, is being held without bond.

Clinton Taylor was walking to the bank and asked 8News if it was open because he had to get money to help his wife.

“Come get a little money for my wife and everything so I can come back down so she can go to the hospital she had to go get some testing done,” Taylor said.

He told 8News that his son told him about the incident before he walked over.

“He told me this morning he came through here last night and somebody said ‘oh there’s a body out there somewhere,'” Taylor added.

The news of an arrest was hard to hear, Taylor told 8News, especially after a weekend of unrest.

“What went on all through the weekend and everything,” Taylor said. “And about this guy getting killed and all that stuff like that. There’s a lot of things going through people’s minds.”

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