Stolen cell phone leads police to suspect in shopper's slaying
The victim gave this guy everything he asked for and he still shot her. There's a 50/50 chance the BG will run after they rob you or shoot you. I would rather take the chance in drawing and getting the first shots off.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- Hours after Elisabeth Kelly Reilly was shot outside a Virginia Beach shopping center, her cell phone helped police track down a suspect in her killing.
The global-positioning feature on the phone led detectives to an address in nearby Norfolk. Behind the home there, authorities found the phone, Reilly's purse and a blood-stained hooded sweatshirt, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in court.
A woman in the home told investigators she had loaned her car to her boyfriend, Christopher Eugene Hagans. Police found the car, with blood on the driver's side door, parked on a street a few miles away, according to the affidavit.
Hagans was arrested as he approached the car shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday.
Hagans, 19, of Norfolk, was being held at Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bail on charges of first-degree murder and robbery. A bond hearing was set for Nov. 27 and a preliminary hearing for Jan. 4.
Hagans could be charged with capital murder, punishable by death, because Reilly was killed during a robbery. Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey Bryant said no decision on the charge had been made.
On Monday, shoppers were wary about their safety after hearing about the second act of violence at Virginia Beach shopping centers in a month.
"You don't think something's going to happen when you go shopping in the middle of the day," Kari Mellenkamp said at Pembroke Mall, where a woman was abducted Oct. 14.
Police were looking into whether Hagans also was involved in that crime, in which a woman was forced into her car and physically assaulted. The suspect stole her purse and drove her to an unknown area in Norfolk, where she was allowed to leave.
Reilly, 25, had just finished shopping at Hilltop North Shopping Center and was walking to her car at 6:30 p.m. Saturday when a gunman robbed and shot her, Virginia Beach police spokeswoman Rene Ball said.
Witnesses told police the man shot Reilly in the back before driving off in a white car. She died later at a hospital.
Reilly was married in July and had planned to go on vacation with her husband this week.
Hagans has had several nonviolent brushes with the law. He was out on bail with cases pending in three courts at the time of Reilly's shooting.
ALWAYS Call The Police First...
thing after taking matters into your own hands...
"I'd like to report an attempted robbery! I feared for my life... The body is located... Please hurry..."
Stay alert...stay safe!