PETERSBURG, Va. (WTVR) – Petersburg Police named Alexander Roosevelt Hill, Jr., 47, a person of interest in the Harding Street fire investigation where a family of four were found dead.
Early Saturday morning, the Petersburg Fire Department responded to a fire in the 700 block of Harding Street. After dousing the flames within 10 minutes, firefighters found four bodies inside the home.
Petersburg Bureau of Police have determined evidence of foul play and the case is being investigated as a homicide.
Along with being wanted as a person of interest in this case, Hill is also wanted for violating a protective order, providing false information to police and assault.
Hill has known connections in the Richmond area, Newport News, Virginia Beach and Trinidad. He is considered armed and dangerous.
The U.S. Marshals are assisting Petersburg Police in the hunt for Hill. The U.S. Marshals are offering a $5000 reward for information leading to Hill’s arrest.
Hill is also known by “The Real Deal.”
He is 5’8″ and weighs 195 pounds. His eyes are hazel and he has a scar on his upper left and right arms and on both of his knees.
While Petersburg Police have not officially released the names of the victims, family members identified them as Pauline Wilkins, her daughter Vickie Ansar and Ansar’s children Tanique and Delvari Chavis. Delvari Chavis was two years old.
“I was able to observe wounds on two of the victims consistent with puncture wounds,” the detective continued. “A large knife with red stains was located at the scene.”
The detective said he learned from a witness identified as “V.C.” that she had received “several recent threats” from her ex-boyfriend Alexander Hill Jr. She said Hill threatened he was “going to kill her and everyone in her family.”
Vivian Chavis, who was scheduled to meet Hill Monday in Petersburg court to finalize her protective order against him, spoke out about the deaths of her mother and other relatives.
“I lost everything. The love of my life, my mother, was everything to me,” Chavis told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil.
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned Hill lived at a home on S. Valor Drive. Detective went to the home to search for evidence.
According to the search warrant, detectives removed the following items from the S. Valor Drive home:
- Cell phones
- Thumb drives
The search warrant also indicated that a cell phone belonging to Hill was located by officers during their investigation.
A text message on this phone showed that a text message was sent from his phone to witness “J.K’s” phone on April 19 at 3:30 a.m. displaying a text of : “Hey Brother. I am here! My destination. Should things go as I have planned I no longer exist. That’s right claim my remains and ensure they are creamated. Get over to my house and remove everything.”
On Thursday hundreds lined Harding street for a vigil. Please click on the video for Chelsea Rarrick’s report.