Police nab convicted felon for deadly Northside double stabbing

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Police have arrested a man following a deadly stabbing on Chamberlayne Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Benjamin P. Dancy, 50, of Tyler Street, was charged with:

  • Two counts of robbery
  • Two counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Possession of ammunition by a convicted felon
  • Credit card fraud

Dancy also has charges dating back to 1982 which include attempted robbery and burglary charges, drug possession and malicious wounding. He is slated to appear before a judge Monday.

When police arrived at the Chamberlayne Gardens apartment complex Thursday afternoon about 4 p.m., officers found two women who had been stabbed.

A security guard now watches over the Chamberlayne Garden apartments following a deadly stabbing Thursday around 4 p.m.

"It was very traumatizing because I never seen anything like that,” said resident Marbesse Barlow, who tried to help save one of the victims.

"We found her in the bathroom and stuff. So, I was on the phone with the policeman and the ambulance they were telling me how to check her pulse and give her mouth to mouth,” said Barlow.

However, police said 44-year-old Della C. Scott, 44, of Cumberland, succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The second victim, a 44-year-old female, was listed in stable condition at last check.

Barlow told CBS 6 News' Sandra Jones that the women worked hard to change the Northside neighborhood.

"They're trying to make it look neater,” Barlow said. "A better and cleaner place for us."

Less than 24 hours after the crime, Richmond police arrested Dancy following tips from the public.

"We had a lot of Crimestopper reports come in, a lot of calls from citizens and we just ask that, that continues to happen. We're not looking for any other individuals at this point,” said Major Steve Drew with Richmond police.

Drew called what happened an isolated incident saying robbery is the motive. However, he would not talk about what detectives found at the scene.

"We need to hold back some of that and let the detectives continue the process exactly what they have and how it plays into what we recovered,” said Drew.

Neighbor Jeremiah Goode, who saw the suspect go into the leasing office just before the stabbing, said he didn't see anything out of the ordinary.

However, Barlow believes management should have had better security in place.

"It's good that they have it now, but I wish they had done it sooner because maybe this would've been prevented,” Barlow said.

Anyone with information that could help police is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804- 780-1000.



  • kitty

    Freaking idiot…..that man has nothing to do how f-up a person is….sick of y’all blaming Obama…the world been messed up with garbage like this non- voting felon…..unfortunately will continue after Obama term is up….I hate people….that’s y the world so messed up now cause of people like u and your mindset

    • Manalishi

      “.I hate people” Whats wrong kitty kitty? Cant blame bush? Cant stand reality? Hope and change did’t fix the world? Or is grammar beyond your scope?

  • BeenJonesed

    Catch/Release/Repeat is working really well as injustice in the new
    Uncivil Society. Thought guns were controlled for convicted felons.

  • kitty

    U so ignorant…..I put the blame on no one but the scum that hurt these mothers and sent one to her maker…..my heart goes out to their families…..hope?….no prayer to my god is who I leave it to…grammar beyond my scope,you not saying ish….but acting like a ignorant person….and I live in reality …all I do is shake my head at people like you….grow up

  • Frank

    Clearly, you are the ignorant fool here. If you had any sense of reading comprehension, you would note this man was a convicted felon. As a convicted felon, he is not permitted to vote, so he is not an Obama voter, nor is he a voter for the party of race baiters.

    • Manalishi

      This would be the gotcha moment. Who brought up race frank? And what prevents a felon from voting? a questionnaire? Your rationalizing this animals existence, or maybe your own.

  • BeenJonesed

    “Ignorant” is the new click work. A Tell. Systematically used nationwide as a furnished “talking point”. If someone disagrees, it is automatic, and
    culturally correct.

  • Felice Ann

    it is so sad that even though someone has lost their life the posters as usual have degenerated to the usual name calling and trying to one up one another’s ignorance and ill tolerant attitudes and blaming the President for everything. Way to go America,

  • BeenJonesed

    Transparent truths stand in your way, Kitty. But, please, continue to pretend, vent, and outrage to give more transparent evidence of the truth. Goes to SOP/MO/known, historic, recorded, behaviors as
    systematically documented and substantiated.
    It fun to watch.

  • BeenJonesed

    Obama gets in front of his Media, with his known arms and armies, to
    document Obama; without any need for outside blame. It does it by
    his own mouth and actions consistently and continuously and it’s
    recorded, as historical documentation.

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