Police name person of interest after 4 bodies found in home

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WTVR) -- Petersburg Police named Alexander Roosevelt Hill, Jr., 47, a person of interest in the Harding Street fire investigation.

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.

Authorities have not released the identities of the victims or their causes of death.

Family members of the victims have released the names and photos of their loved ones to CBS 6.

Pauline Wilkins, who owned the house on Harding Street, along with her daughter, Vickie Ansar, were among those found by Petersburg firefighters upon entering the home, according the family.

Firefighters also discovered Vickie Ansar's daughter, Tanique Chavis, and two-year-old son Delvari, inside the home early Saturday morning.

The family disclosed that one of the women had placed a protective against their boyfriend, however, they would not say which woman or the name of the boyfriend.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Petersburg Police at 804-732-4222.

Callers can remain anonymous by calling Petersburg-Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212 or send text tips via telephone using the keyword “PDCASH” followed by the information and sending it to 274637


  • the citizen

    really hpoe this guy did’nt do what they think he did ………hang in there family we are praying for you

  • angel2

    There is so much violence these days…multiple injuries and deaths in school shootings/stabbings; mall, highway and theater shootings; bombings…etc.. These were all done by various “those people”. It will get worse, unfortunately. I thank The Good Lord for keeping my family and me safe….but should something happen….there would be a reason – not at first clearly understandable to many humans….probably including myself.

  • angel2

    I am one of “those people” I am a little…Hungarian, Irish, Native American…perhaps a little Polish and British….more commonly known as “caucasian”. Caucasian was the race of those who injured or killed at Columbine, Newtown….and more recently – Murrysville, PA.

    • angel2

      Well said, twoatee…short, sweet and to the point. Shame on me for getting caught up in trying to halt the idiotic blame games here.

  • Romaine Cheney

    Good grief!! Y’all squabbling about “those people” and politics and recognizing this as a tragedy to a family, the better off we can be about educating people on how to prevent this from happening. Why can’t we still be a community that advocates for each other, protects one another, etc., regardless of race, politics, sexuality… Where did human compassion go??

    Honestly, those that constantly pull the blame game when it comes to race, religion or politics, they are just as guilty as fueling the hate-filled fires, all in the name of thinking they are superior in the race, religion, politics.

    • kitty

      Amen….my prayers goes out to the family during this tragic incident…I hate to see anything concerning kids….they ate helpless and defenseless …this is too sad

    • manalishi

      “Honestly, those that constantly pull the blame game when it comes to race, religion or politics, they are just as guilty as fueling the hate-filled fires, all in the name of thinking they are superior in the race, religion, politics.”

      Yet the ones you are criticizing are not the ones committing crimes. Stay focused on the reality. Feel good speeches are ignoring criminal problems.

  • Brennan Joiner

    My prayers go out to the family, no one should have their life taken before its too soon. Stay strong ya’ll have a tremendous amount of support from your community, from ALL races.

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