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UPDATE: September 2, 2014

Richard Clay Smith has been captured and is in custody.Thank you to all those who assisted!


August 28, 2014


PRESS RELEASE:  ***Update***


The following information is an update to our press release issued yesterday regarding an Armed Robbery at the 7-11 convenience store in Penn Laird.


The following subject has been established as a person of interest in the ongoing investigation: 


Richard Clay Smith

47 y/o male

5’9”  160 lbs.

Blue eyes, Brown/ Gray hair

Last known address in Weyers Cave

Believed to have connections to Elkton and Town of Shenandoah

Tattoos:  Right arm = Jesus, Left arm = Dragon, multiple others

Photo is attached to this release


Additionally, he is currently WANTED for the following charges:

Misdemeanor Bad Check – two (2) counts, Rockingham County

Fail to Appear in Court – Probation violation – as required at 9 a.m. on this date. 

He should be considered armed and dangerous.


Anyone with information regarding this subject’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 564-3800 or the Crime Solvers hotline at (540) 574-5050.


Bryan Hutcheson, Sheriff

Thank you.



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  • A crime is committed somewhere in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

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