Two suspects charged with attempted capital murder after traffic stop incident

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. — A man and woman are have been arrested and charged with attempted capital murder after an incident during a Hanover County traffic stop.

Deputies said the incident took place just after noon Thursday in the 7200 block of Bell Creek Road.

The suspects have been identified as Marcus Dennis Wade, 24, of Chesterfield County, who police said was also wanted out of Virginia Beach, and Krystal Rae Roberts, 21, of Henrico County.

Marcus Wade

Marcus Wade

Investigators said the vehicle Wade was driving was pulled over for an equipment violation. While the officer was verifying the warrants, the passenger of the vehicle, Roberts, switched positions in the vehicle with Wade and sat in the driver’s seat.

“The deputy approached the vehicle on the passenger side to take Wade into custody but Wade refused to exit the vehicle. When the deputy attempted to remove Wade from the vehicle, Roberts rolled the window up on the deputy’s arm and attempted to drive away,” Sgt. Christopher Stem said in a press release. “The deputy was unable to remove his arm from the vehicle as the vehicle drove away. Ultimately the deputy freed himself from the vehicle as Roberts accelerated away from the scene. A second responding deputy was also assaulted while trying to stop Roberts from fleeing the scene.”

Investigators said shortly after the vehicle left the scene, deputies located the vehicle and took Wade and Roberts into custody.

As a result of the incident, one deputy received minor injuries.

Krystal Rae Roberts

Krystal Rae Roberts

Marcus Wade has been charged with attempted capital murder, felony assault on law enforcement, driving suspended and numerous traffic violations. Wade is currently being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County.

Krystal Rae Roberts has been charged with attempted capital murder, two counts of felony assault on law enforcement, reckless driving, felony eluding and driving suspended. Roberts is currently being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

7200 Bell Creek Rd, Mechanicsville, VA 23111