Man charged with attempted abduction for trying to snatch Richmond teen

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Richmond police have arrested a 50-year-old man accused of trying to abduct a teenage girl last week.

Ronald A. Peterson (SOURCE: Richmond police)

Ronald A. Peterson (SOURCE: Richmond police)

Richmond police detectives arrested Ronald A. Peterson, of the 900 block of Derrymore Road, without incident and charged him with attempted abduction.

Officials said the girl was walking in the 2800 block of Fairfield Avenue around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, when a two-door red car drove past her a few times.

The teen told police that she was then suddenly grabbed from behind by a man wearing a three-piece, dark gray suit with a pin-striped gray hat.

The suspect told her to get into his vehicle, but the girl was able to get away from him and run to safety.

Sgt. Angela Smith told CBS 6 News last week that the victim did everything right in this case, by first paying attention to her surroundings.

“In this type of situations, I would suggest that teenagers walk in groups or walk with someone. If they have cellular phones make sure they have them on, so if anything happens, they’re able to call 911,” Smith said.

If you have information that could help police, call Major Crimes Detective Mary Gary at 804-646-6759, Detective Sgt. Angela Smith at 804-646-3922 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.


  • athynz

    If this goes to trial and he is found guilty by a jury of his peers then I sincerely hope they sentence him to the maximum amount of time possible with no plea bargains or possibility of parole. Until then he’s innocent until proven guilty.

  • Becky

    Notice how the media now not only controls what “news” it
    selects to cover but controls coverage output with no input
    on their selected coverage?
    See how fast some Corruption disappears overnight; some
    is long-running. Some things are investigated; others not.

    Thanks to this young, astute, brave young person, her attacker
    is Caught and she will see justice. She is an Example for
    community. Bravo.

    • nemo

      You have certainly derived a great deal of information and conclusions from a tiny unsubstantiated article. But at least you stated something more thought worthy than “innocent until proven guilty”, “jury of peers”, etc.

  • me

    Captain Nemo comes up for air solely to deride anyone with an
    opinion other than his own omnipotence.
    Have a nice day. Dive “down” again.

    • nemo

      “me”, why don’t you log in as “Becky”. You are obviously Becky given her unique writing style. Not trying to deride just anyone, just those who truly and overwhelmingly deserve it by normal standards.

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