On September 7, 2016 at approximately 8:05pm, the Martinsville/Henry County Emergency 911 Center received a call of a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of Family Dollar located at 3465 A.L. Philpott Highway Axton, Virginia. The victim, Christina Gonzalez, was meeting an individual to purchase a cellular telephone. She had communicated with this individual using Facebook. The purchase was to take place at Family Dollar.
Ms. Gonzalez arrived at Family Dollar with her husband and child. She saw an individual standing in the parking lot who matched the picture attached to the Facebook account she had previously communicated with about the cellular telephone. A brief conversation took place between Ms. Gonzalez and this individual before he produced a pistol and pointed it at Ms. Gonzalez. The suspect demanded money and the phone he was trying to sell to her. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money and the phone and subsequently fled the scene on foot.
The suspect was identified as Deundrae S’avon Gregory, 21, with last known address of 268 Warehouse Road Blairs, Virginia. Gregory is described as a black male, brown eyes, black hair, 5’10” and 160 pounds. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office currently has outstanding felony arrest warrants for Armed Robbery and the Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony for Deundrae S’avon Gregory.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the assistance of the public in locating Deundrae S’avon Gregory. Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of Deundrae S’avon Gregory is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.
There have been numerous instances throughout the country where individuals have been robbed, assaulted, etc. while attempting to make a purchase or sale involving someone they do not know or during child custody exchanges. In an effort to reduce the likelihood of this type of criminal behavior from occurring and providing a safer location for these types of interactions, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has recently created 3 parking spaces in front of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. These spaces are recorded 24/7. While facing the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the parking spaces are to the right and marked with yellow paint. These spaces are also marked “SWAP ZONE” in yellow paint. More details can be found at http://www.henrycountyva.gov/swap regarding what types of items can and cannot be exchanged at this location. The City of Martinsville has similar spaces located near the Martinsville Sheriff’s Office and Martinsville Police Department. While these spaces do not completely ensure your interaction will be conducted safely, it does afford the opportunity for the interaction to be recorded.