Police: Three men and a 17-year-old charged with attempted armed burglary in Williamsburg

Staff writer

Three men and a teenager were arrested late Monday night in connection with an attempted home break-in in Williamsburg after police say they caught the quartet attempting to break into a home in Williamsburg.

Kierien Thomas Blige Simpson, 21, Tre’von Barron Barbarji, 19, Dale Russell Jackson, 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile were charged with attempted armed burglary, conspiracy to commit armed burglary and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to a Williamsburg Police Department news release.

Williamsburg police officers were called to the 100 block of Adams Street in after a nearby resident called 911 to a report of a suspicious group of men at around 10 p.m. Monday, the release said.

“The department is limited in what we can release due to the ongoing nature of both the investigation and the prosecution,” department spokesman John Heilman said.

Officers found the group as they allegedly tried to commit armed burglary of a specific home nearby, according to the release.

The group had a shotgun and a handgun on them and they knew the target of the attempted armed burglary, Heilman said. The victim did not know any members of the group.

Simpson, Barbarji and Jackson were all charged, arrested and taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail where they were all booked between 5-6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the release and jail records.

The juvenile was charged, arrested and taken to the Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center, the release said.

In the course of the investigation, officers found two firearms, the release said.

There were no injuries in the incident and no personal property was stolen, according to the release.

“The Williamsburg Police Department is very thankful to work alongside a community where neighbors look out for one another and quickly contact us when they see something out of the ordinary,” Heilman said.

“In this case, the citizen probably prevented a real tragedy from occurring.”

If you or anyone you know information regarding this incident call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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