RICHMOND, Va. — A man arrested nine times has gone to extreme measures to visit the city’s new Justice Center, according to Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr.
It all started on Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. when a Richmond City Sheriff’s Office employee spotted a man in the Justice Center parking lot allegedly trying to break into a jail worker’s vehicle.
Deputy Donald Palmer confronted 23-year-old Jayquail Warren, who claimed he was trying to collect his phone from a relative’s vehicle.
However, when Warren took off running toward Oliver Hill Way, a foot chase ensued. RPD Officer Chad Collin spotted Palmer chasing the suspect and the pair captured Warren in the woods behind a vacant building .
Officials said that Warren had two credit cards belonging of the vehicle’s owner, who was a sheriff’s office employee .
Warren was arrested on credit card theft, entering a vehicle to commit larceny and outstanding warrant for theft charges.
Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr. called Warren a repeat offender.
“Mr. Warren was a ‘frequent flyer’ at the Richmond City Jail, serving time on nine occasions since 2009, mostly for larceny. He must have really wanted to see the new Justice Center,” Woody said in a statement. “I would like to commend each person involved in this situation. From the witness who paid attention when she knew something was wrong, to Deputy Palmer and Officer Collins for affecting a proper arrest, they are equally responsible for making our neighborhood safer and more secure.”
The 1,032-bed Richmond City Justice Center opened in July.