Person of interest arrested in Northside teen’s slaying

Posted at 4:15 PM, May 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-10 16:29:24-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Richmond police said Thursday that a 29-year-old man has been arrested as a person of interest in a shooting that left a Northside teen dead .

Police said they were called to the 4000 block of Old Brook Road around midnight on April 5 for a report of shots fired. When they arrived at the Newman Village Apartments, officers found 17-year-old Keona Johnson shot dead.

Police sources told CBS 6 News’ Jon Burkett that the shooting was believed to have been over a game of dice.

RPD officials said Ernest L. Brown Jr., of the 5100 block of Bending Branch Road in Highland Springs, was arrested Wednesday.

Brown was charged with robbery, but police said other charges are pending.

The victim’s family said Johnson was not a target, but may have found herself caught in crossfire.

The Newman Village Apartments are near the intersection of Chamberlayne Avenue and West Laburnum Avenue. 

Unfortunately, the complex is not unfamiliar with tragedy.  In August of last year, a blind man was struck by two passing motorists and died from his injuries. 

And in November of last year, a woman was run over by her on Sports Utility Vehicle.

If you have information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.