Richmond Woman Wanted in a Gang-Related Robbery and Shooting in California Arrested in Chester

A Richmond woman who according to police was one of five Crips gang members wanted in a marijuana-related robbery and killing in Santa Rosa, California, was arrested on Monday by members of a federal fugitive task force while hiding in the attic of a Chester home.

According to a release by Deputy U.S. Marshal Brian Stalnaker, Amber Hembree, who goes by the name Skittles, was arrested at about 9 a.m. in a residence in the 12000 block of Chestertowne Road.

According to authorities, Hembree had fled California to evade arrest after she was linked to a murder and various robberies in Sonoma County, California. Among other crimes, Hembree was one of five Crips members who robbed, shot and killed a man at home where police discovered evidence of pot cultivation and sales, authorities said.

After an extensive investigation by Sonoma County police and the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, the agencies created information that Hembree was likely hiding in Virginia. They looked for help from the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force in Richmond in locating her.

Following months of investigation, task force members detected that Hembree was likely hiding out at the Chestertowne Road address. Task force members met at the residence on Monday and seized Hembree, “who was found hiding in the attic,” Stalnaker said.

“The apprehension of this fugitive is a direct result of the perseverance of our investigators and the interagency cooperation that exists between our fugitive task forces,” U.S. Marshal Robert Mathieson of the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement.

Hembree’s arrest denotes the third time in recent months that a Richmond resident has been arrested regarding a crime related to a robbery at a home where marijuana was being grown.

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