Couple arrested for abducting, sexually assaulting woman off Cary Street

Posted at 5:26 PM, Mar 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-05 23:51:50-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- A man and woman have been arrested for the robbery, abduction and sexual assault of a woman on East Cary St. in August.

Bradford L. Gaskins, 43, and Tina Marie Hancock, 42

Bradford L. Gaskins, 43, and Tina Marie Hancock, 42

Detectives credited the public in helping identifying two people spotted on surveillance video.

As a result, the pair was identified as 43-year-old Bradford L. Gaskins of the 5400 block of Belmont Rd. and 42-year-old Tina Marie Hancock of Midlothian.

Gaskins has been indicted on charges of robbery, abduction and sexual assault while Hancock has been indicted for robbery and abduction.

Both have past charges against them. Gaskins has been previously charged with credit card theft and has multiple cocaine and heroin.

Police said the victim was abducted at gunpoint in the 2500 block of East Cary St. by an unknown male and female on Aug. 14, 2013 around 2:30 a.m.

The offenders then forced the woman to drive them around and withdraw money from several ATMs before the man sexually assaulted the victim.

Back in September, the head of Richmond’s major crimes division, Maj. Steve Drew, defended the department's decision to not release information about the incident until mid-September.  In the robbery, abduction and sexual assault of a woman on East Cary St., he says detectives were working strong leads and insisted the police never put the public at risk.

“We don’t want to create a panic,” said Drew. “In this particular case, detectives had strong leads at the time.”

Police say after analyzing forensic evidence and reviewing witness statements, they cleaned up surveillance images to show to the public.

They also deployed officers in a covert capacity and continue to defend the department’s decision for the month’s delay.

“I want to be very clear,” said Drew. “If they are incidents that put the community in danger, the information will be released immediately.”

Stay with CBS 6 News and for updates on this developing story.