85 indictments handed down by Williamsburg-James City grand jury

WILLIAMSBURG — A grand jury delivered 85 indictments against 42 defendants Wednesday, including indictments for abduction, embezzlement, grand larceny and robbery.

Jonathan O'Bryant Wright was direct indicted on charges of abduction and assault and battery related to a March incident in James City. Around 6:30 p.m. on March 27 officers responded to Briarwood Avenue for a report of a possible child abduction, according to police. Police said he had previously been charged with assault and trespassing.

Stephanie Williams-Ortery with James City police said the mother of a 5-year-old girl reported a man, identified as Wright, walked into her yard and when asked why he was there, he just smiled and continued walking. A short time later the woman heard her daughter "yelling and screaming," Williams-Ortery said.

"The daughter said that Mr. Wright grabbed her arm and tried to take her," she said.

Police located Wright and he denied having done anything, Williams-Ortery said. She said the child's mother identified Wright as the man in their yard.

Three indictments for grand larceny were handed down against 18-year-old Tyler D. Arguello. The charges stem from a string of thefts from vehicles in May along Lake Powell Road and in Powhatan Crossing, according to James City police.

Arguello spoke with officers about several larcenies from vehicles and consented to a search of his bedroom, police said. Nine GPS units, DVD players, a pair of binoculars and a camera were found during the search.

Kerta D. Brown, 34, is accused of stealing nearly $6,000 from Farm Fresh on John Tyler Highway between March 2013 and April 2014, according to police. She was indicted Wednesday on a charge of felony embezzlement.

A criminal complaint against Brown states she admitted to loading a prepaid credit card at the Farm Fresh Service Desk and conducting a fraudulent return to account for the money missing from the cash register. It notes she made multiple transactions for $50 to $150 over several months.

Marquis L. Joyner, 19, of Norfolk was direct indicted on charges of abduction, assault and battery and destruction of property in connection with an April 9 incident at Powhatan Plantation, police said. The charges were brought back by the grand jury after being dropped in May in General District Court.

Around 4:30 p.m. that day Joyner got into an argument with his girlfriend that turned physical, Williams-Ortery said. She noted the girlfriend told police Joyner had received an upsetting phone call from a family member prior to the argument.

Williams-Ortery said the girlfriend attempted to leave and Joyner kept her inside. She said Joyner eventually left the suite and his girlfriend locked the door behind him, at which point he forced entry through a rear door. The girlfriend ran out the front door and called 911, Williams-Ortery said.

Indictments for robbery, conspiracy and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony were handed down against 25-year-old Lamar O. Wallace of Williamsburg. Wallace was is accused in an April 20 robbery on North Henry Street, according to Williamsburg police.

Police said around 5:30 p.m. that evening a man reported being robbed at gunpoint by three men in the 700 block od North Henry Street. Wallace was identified as one of the suspects and charged.

Robertson can be reached at 757-345-2342.