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'Wanted' billboards lead to man's arrest

Date: September 20, 2007

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'Wanted' billboards lead to man's arrest
Ledger - Enquirer
Columbus, GA

BY LARRY GIERER AND LILY GORDON
September 20, 2007


The billboard-size wanted posters looming across Columbus can finally come down.

Raymond Leon Richmond of Columbus, a suspect in a June drive-by shooting, was arrested Tuesday evening.

Maj. Russell Traino of the Columbus Police Department said Wednesday that an informant gave police a tip where Richmond, 21, could be found. Traino assigned four of his special operations officers from narcotics to make the arrest. They met with officers from Russell County Sheriff's Department.

Richmond, wanted on several charges, was arrested around 6 p.m. at 1036 Fifth Place in Phenix City. Traino said Richmond surrendered peacefully.

The arrest stems from the June 12 shooting of 16-year-old Anitra Beshay Fitzpatrick and 31-year-old Christina Tyson outside 3224 Colorado St. Richmond was allegedly one of three men who fired several shots from a vehicle shortly before 8 p.m. Fitzpatrick was grazed in the left leg, and Tyson was grazed on her left side.

Robert Lewis, 19, was arrested at his attorney's office the day after the shooting. Lewis was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Not long after authorities arrested Lewis, a second suspect, 22-year-old Aubrey Crittenden Jr., was captured. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Richmond was charged with violation of probation, six counts of aggravated assault, third-degree cruelty to children, battery with physical harm, simple battery and pointing a gun. He is due in Columbus Recorder's Court for a hearing at 2 p.m. Friday.

For more than a month, Richmond's face has been plastered on Muscogee County Crime Stoppers-funded billboards across Columbus. The message warns passersby that Richmond is considered armed and dangerous. It also asks drivers and pedestrians to call Crime Stoppers should they see Richmond, also known as "Little Raymond."

Traino said Wednesday that he has no idea when the gigantic wanted posters would be taken down.

"I wish it was yesterday," he laughed.

 

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