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Man taken into custody; missing Chesterfield mother and child found safe

Posted at 11:50 AM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 23:41:48-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- An abduction suspect was apprehended and a missing Chesterfield woman and her 12-month-old son were found safe in Petersburg Sunday afternoon, according to police.

Officers were called to the 12500 block of Mount Blanco Court around 12:15 a.m. for a report of an abduction and shots fired, according to Chesterfield Police.

"On scene, police learned an armed male, identified as Patrick Sharod Parrish, had exited a vehicle and demanded to see the victim," Lt. Brad Conner with Chesterfield Police said. "Once the victim, identified at Maryaih Rhem, exited the residence, she was forcefully put into the vehicle as Parrish was firing a rifle. The vehicle fled with Parrish and Rhem, 24, inside."
Officers had been unable to locate Rhem's 12-month-old son, Royce.

Police said in an email update around 4:40 p.m. that Rhem and her son were found "safe and unharmed" in Petersburg.

Additionally, Parrish was taken into custody in Petersburg.

Parrish, of the 800 block of Gladstone Street in Petersburg, is facing numerous charges, including abduction, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless handling of a firearm, brandishing and discharging a firearm within 600 feet of a home, according to police.

Police said their investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Chesterfield County Police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660 or through the P3 app.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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