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Man arrested for robbing guns at gunpoint in Ridgeway

Updated: Mar 22, 2020

RIDGEWAY, VA – A Martinsville man was arrested for stealing guns at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Ridgeway Drive-In on Saturday morning.

The victim listed two firearms for sale on the internet and agreed to meet with a potential buyer to sell them.

At around 11:54 a.m., the two met in the parking lot, the potential buyer pointed a gun, and took the firearms, according to the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said that after taking the guns, the man ran away and a short time later was picked up in a vehicle.

Through the course of the investigation, 21-year-old Jaylan Daquon Price, of 302 Sellers Street in Martinsville was identified as the suspect.

The Martinsville Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant for the Sellers Street home.

Law enforcement said they attempted to make contact Price, but he refused to exit the home.

While the city police and sheriff's office SWAT teams were executing the search warrant, Price tried to leave through the basement door.

He was taken into custody without incident.

Authorities said one of the stolen firearms, along with the gun used in robbery were recovered during the search.

Price was charged with robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

He is being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.

This incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 276-638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 276-632-7463. The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to the crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.


RIDGEWAY, VA – The Henry County Sheriff's Office is searching for the suspects of an armed robbery on Saturday.

At approximately 11:54 a.m., an armed robbery occurred at the Ridgeway Drive In, located at 821 Main Street.

The Town of Ridgeway said on Facebook that the robbery was of an individual and occurred in the parking lot.

According to the Martinsville-Henry County 9-1-1 Center, the suspects were in a “white Nissan four-door, possibly an Altima, and has a large dent in the rear driver’s side door.”

No other description on the wanted individuals is known at this time.

“Suspects are supposed to be armed with a handgun and a large capacity magazine,” the dispatch center stated.

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