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RICHMOND, Va.  (WTVR) -Family members told CBS 6 the day after Victoria Jewelers clerk Muhammad "Sunny" Baig was killed his wife gave birth to a baby girl named Shifa, which means “healer.”

Richmond police were able to catch three suspects the night after the crime, in North Carolina, in connection with the Broad Street jewelry store employee's murder.

Detectives said that about 28 hours after the crime, 49-year-old Jesse G. Edmond, of the 1400 block of Enfield Avenue, 26-year-old Anthony J. Lenard, of the 00 block of East Clay Street and 28-year-old Jermeaka M. Gorham, of the 4000 block of McKay Avenue, were apprehended during a traffic stop by Roanoke Rapids police.

The trio were charged with conspiracy to commit murder for the shooting death of Baig's murder.

Jesse G. Edmond, Jermeaka M. Gorham and Anthony J. Lenard. (SOURCE: Richmond police)

Jesse G. Edmond, Jermeaka M. Gorham and Anthony J. Lenard. (SOURCE: Richmond police)

Police said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference that an incident in Henrico County earlier that same day of the shooting helped police come up with a description of the suspects' vehicle.

Sources tell CBS 6 that incident happened at the C & F Bank in Henrico.

Henrico Police confirmed there was a suspicious incident there, but no crime was ever committed.

As a result, officers in Roanoke Rapids pulled over the suspects around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said officers discovered evidence inside the vehicle linked to the jewelry store robbery.

Additionally, police said more people could be connected to the crime and that investigators are working with the commonwealth’s attorney to see if other charges will be brought in this case.

Investigators are also working with neighboring counties to compare information about similar incidents.

Police have also been working to reassure downtown business owners in the wake of Monday's robbery. Officials said officers sent time with Broad Street Corridor business owners Monday evening and went out again Tuesday to offer safety tips.

Baig, 29, was shot and killed Monday afternoon inside the East Broad Street jewelry store.

“He had no problem with anybody,” Baig's father said about his son. “I don’t know what I can say, I don’t have words about my son.”

“I feel so sad for that little girl, whose not going to get a chance to even know who her father was,” Denise Barnhart, a customer of Victoria Jewelers said.

Baig was being buried Wednesday afternoon, just as news of the arrests broke.

Investigators still aren’t staying what exactly happened inside the jewelry store, but, the owner told CBS 6 the robbers stole every single diamond and precious gem in the store.

We looked into the criminal history of the suspects in the case and found the two men who were arrested have previous felony convictions, including larceny and robbery.

The bulk of their sentences were suspended, according to court records.


    • David

      Very insightful and compassionate comment. Thank you for sharing. I hope everyone appreciates you as I do.

      • athynz

        David gives lip service all the time – his mom pimps him out. Sad thing is I’m still in his head. It’s like he’s obsessed with me and quite frankly it’s more than a bit creepy. Besides the echoing in this large empty space gets a bit nerve wracking.

      • David

        Athynz… I am surprised at how low you have descended. Such juvenile language is not worthy of you. The paranoia which you describe is unseemly and unmanly. Could it be time for another vacation?

      • David

        Athynz… You only insult yourself with those words. I point out negative characteristics you and roger display in the hope you will learn.

      • athynz

        David you’ve posted far worse comments to me, roger, and manalishi – so I suggest you stop with the whining about me doing the same back to you. As it stands you lack credibility, intelligence and cajones. I reply to you becasue I feel every creature deserves one warm meal a day – even a wannabe keyboard warrior stalker troll.

  • PU.PC

    Need to call McEachin and Holder to review stats for Disparity.
    Government/Media, Inc. won’t release them to the public., but
    they are certainly privy.

  • fran

    Why so much hateful comments? Let them have their day in court, and i’m sure they will suffer the consequences of their crimes.

    • kitty

      Are you serious…why so much hatred… this man is dead… cause these pieces of. 💩rather kill another human being instead of trying to make a honest dollar like he was….robbing is one thing but when you hurt or kill someone is a whole different level…if they killed a close friend or relative of yours you will be sing a different tune….get out of here with that…👎❕

      • Ken Sosinsky

        the robbery would sort itself out . . . the killing? needless & senseless . . . and he has a newborn . . . my sympathy for these dirtbags can be found between ‘shet’ and ‘syphilis’ in the dictionary

    • manalishi

      BS fran. The complicit democrat elected chump commonwealths attorney in richmond will never cross his master. I would be shocked if the plantation would allow the capital murder charges warranted here. If the CA fraud did pretend to entertain actual justice, he would throw the case for democrat politics without hesitation and blame it on “his” chosen jury..

  • PU.PC

    Just guessing, but it could be the PC-mess of governing Exclusively
    for favorists only with Government/Media, Inc. as constant propaganda

  • kitty

    Didn’t know iq mattered in knowing right from wrong… white people own high so why do they do mass shootings

  • athynz

    Why is it that people want to turn situations like this into racial issues? Anyone who has to go out of their way to pat themselves on the back for being smart online under an anonymous screen name is very likely anything but smart. Then again a person can be anyone on the internet.

    BTW kitty is right – IQ isn’t a factor in knowing right from wrong.

    • David

      So you believe that you know “right from wrong”. Probably not nearly as much as you think. IQ is a factor in every facet of knowledge and the interpretation of data, “right and wrong” included. Unfortunately, you are anecdotal evidence of that statement.

      • athynz

        As a matter of fact I do know right from wrong. For instance it is wrong of you to do nothing more than play keyboard warrior and troll the comments section by spewing your insults. It speaks of cowardice, lack of common courtesy, and a lack of intelligence.

  • Jan

    I knew before hand that the comments would eventually lead to racial slurring, it never fails, however, stick to the subject. All races have killed, Then there is always that person that’s ready to give stats. Bottom line is there should never be a debate about what race murders the most. A murder is a murder. That’s like saying ” I killed one person in life, but the black guy killed 3, what’s the difference. A killer is a killer. anyways, I’m glad the suspects was caught. My heart goes out to the victim’s family, this was so senseless, SMH.

  • kevin

    shut up jan.The difference in killing one or three is 2 more,duh.When a white person shoots up a place then whites take responsibility for it and shame it.When blacks commit murder its the fault of someone else.its society,lack of jobs,education and in the thug side of the black community it is praised.Get your head outta your rear.Facts are just that they don’t make you racists,its ok

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