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Search in apartment leads to three arrests

 E. Smith
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Date published: 1/5/2013


The search for a man wanted for questioning in a Loudoun County homicide investigation led to three unrelated arrests at a Colonial Beach apartment complex late Thursday.

The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office received a tip that a man wanted on several outstanding warrants in Loudoun was possibly staying in the Colonial Beach area, said Westmoreland Sheriff C.O. Balderson.

Just before midnight on Thursday, the Tri-County Drug Task Force went to the Riverwood Apartment complex, where officers found three people wanted in other locations.

They were arrested without incident.

Ryan Blaine Williams, 31, of Leesburg was arrested on outstanding charges in Loudoun of simple assault on a family member, possession of cocaine and failure to appear, Balderson said.

He is being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond.

While making that arrest, the task force also made two other arrests at the same complex, but at different apartments.

Eric D. Smith, 23, of Colonial Beach, was arrested without incident for outstanding charges in Loudoun County, which include distribution of cocaine and two counts of failure to appear. He is being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond.

Orlando C. Smith, 25, of Fredericksburg was arrested on charges of simple assault and battery by mob in Spotsylvania County and a vandalism charge in Colonial Beach. He was turned over to the Colonial Beach Police Department for processing.

Balderson said he does not think any of the three men knew one another.

The Tri-County Drug Task Force consists of deputies from the Caroline, Westmoreland and King George sheriff's offices, the Virginia State Police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Services.

The Colonial Beach Police Department and the Westmoreland Sheriff's Office narcotics K-9 Zena also assisted in the arrests.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419
Email: psmith@fredericksburg.com