6 alleged local gang members arrested during search for Portsmouth armed robbery suspect

Posted at 6:58 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 18:58:39-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Six members of a local street gang were arrested during the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit's search for a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery and several other crimes.

On July 16, Portsmouth Police asked for the public's help in finding 18-year-old Bobby Petty Jr. of Portsmouth, who had active warrants for robbing a man at gunpoint in the 2900 block of Ambler Avenue earlier that same day.

Over the last week, detectives with the Major Crimes Unit, along with officials from the Special Investigations; Fugitive Apprehension; Gang Intelligence; Property Crimes and Street Crimes Units, found and arrested Petty and five other gang members on a number of felony charges.

Authorities also recovered four illegal firearms while making these arrests.

The following people were arrested:

  • 18-year-old Bobby Petty Jr. of Portsmouth - Robbery (x3), use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (x2), aggravated malicious wounding, and obstruction of justice (x5)
  • 18-year-old Zion D. Riddick of Portsmouth - Receiving stolen goods (felony)
  • 19-year-old Ricardo L. Spencer III of Chesapeake - Concealed weapon, 2nd offense (felony)
  • 19-year-old Antoine J. Headen Jr. of Norfolk - Grand Larceny and possession of a concealed weapon
  • 19-year-old Dashawn D. Ferguson of Portsmouth - Possession with the intent to distribute marijuana (felony)
  • 21-year-old Daiquan K. Ervin of Chesapeake - Grand larceny of a firearm

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