RICHMOND, Va. — A Richmond grand jury has indicted Frank E. Reid, 36, of Williamsburg Road, for his role in a November shooting, abduction and attempted robbery.
Reid has been charged with 10 charges including attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, malicious wounding, and carjacking.
Police say Reid is the man who abducted two Richmond law firm workers at gunpoint and forced them to drive to the Bank of America at 1111 East Main Street to get cash.
Decision made inside bank leads to police chase
It was at the Bank of America where one victim was ordered to get out. He went into the bank, according police, and called 911. Police arrived and ordered the gunman to release his hostage, but instead the vehicle drove off, weaving through city streets.
Police chased the carjacked SUV throughout the city as hostage Turner, drove.
“Be advised he has a weapon to the driver’s head,” crackled the police radio.
The pursuit ended with a crash in Church Hill near 25th and R streets.
“Shots fired! Shots fired!”
Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said Reid then fired a weapon at officers after he shot Turner in the head at point-blank range.
“The vehicle stopped, and the suspect sitting in the rear seat fired a single shot at our victim’s head,” Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said.
Even though the chief said the gunman shot the victim, the official police update issued later that evening was not as specific.
“Henrico Police deployed spike strips near the intersection of Magnolia Street and Mechanicsville Turnpike in Henrico County, puncturing the SUV’s tires. The vehicle came to a stop after it failed to make a turn from 25th Street onto R Street and collided with a parked car,” a Richmond Police spokeswoman said. “Gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and officers. Both the victim and suspect were taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. An RPD officer also suffered a minor injury.”
Reid’s roommate speaks
CBS 6 tracked down Frank Reid’s roommate. The two live in the 1100 of block of Williamsburg road in Richmond’s East End.
The roommate who wanted to remain anonymous tells CBS 6, Reid was recently released from prison, and was working part-time at Tyson’s food in Glen Allen.
He says Reid always complained about not having enough money.
The roommate says he can’t believe Reid would commit such a crime.
“I was shocked…because I lived with guy yeah know…he could’ve done anything to me,” said the roommate. “When I heard about it, I didn’t even want to come home. I was kind of scared to stay here…pretty much by myself.”
The roommate said he has no sympathy for the 36 year old.
“I don’t feel no remorse for Frank,” said the roommate. “The fact that he shot the man. He could’ve let the man go. But Frank already knew the police was right there. He didn’t have to shoot the guy,” said the roommate.