Marcus Davis

Four cases of assault and battery

of a family member investigated.

By Sylvia Allen


LAWRENCEVILLE – Marcus Davis, 36, from Lawrenceville, Virginia is charged with possession of a firearm on school property on Nov. 11, 2021.

According to information provided by Captain Brad Evans with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy S. J. Finch was called by administration at Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary School about a person Finch was investigating for passing the school bus. The person was at the front door of the school. Finch located Davis and questioned him. Davis said the sun was in his eyes and he did not see that the school bus was stopped. Finch said there were two warrants for his arrests regarding the school bus incident on Nov. 10, 2021. Davis was placed in handcuffs and he stated that he had a gun in his left rear pocket. Finch located the firearm, a HNR ARMS .32 caliber revolver, and the gun had two cartridges in it. Davis did not have a concealed handgun permit and was actively on Brunswick County Public School property during normal operating hours. He was taken to the Meherrin River Regional Jail and charged and held on a $3,500 secured bond.

Laura Michelle Bowen, 40, from Lawrenceville and George Walter Vespucci, 40, from Lawrenceville are charged with assault and battery of a family member on Nov. 10, 2021.

Evans said Deputy H. Stith responded to 77 Cabel Court regarding a disturbance between a male and female. Both were outside in the yard. The glass to the window was smashed and both parties had conflicting stories about when the glass was broken. The female said the glass was broken days ago and the male said the female broke the glass trying to get back in the residence. He said that is how she got the two lacerations on her neck.

Based on the totality of the situation both parties were arrested for domestic violence and emergency protective orders were issued for both parties.

Charlisa Monae Knight, 36, from Richmond, Virginia is charged with assault and battery of a family member on Nov. 15, 2021. She is also charged with illegal use of gases.

Evans said Deputy T. K. Lewis, Sergeant Connell and Deputy Grassel responded to a disturbance at Piney Woods Road, Lawrenceville at 3:59 a.m. The caller said his son and his son’s wife were inside the residence arguing and he wanted them to stop. The victim stated that Knight had sprayed him with pepper spray for no reason. She denied spraying the victim. Lewis noticed a bruise on her arm. Lewis watched the video he could hear Knight make a statement in the background. At approximately 2 minutes and 2 seconds Knight was yelling in the background of the video and it sounded as if she stated “I didn’t fight him I sprayed him.”

Willie Hudson Chittum, 30, from Bracey, Virginia is charged with assault and battery of a family member on Nov. 10, 2021.

Evans said Deputy T. D. Jones responded to a residence on Robinson Ferry Road, White Plains, Virginia, regarding a disturbance. The male subject had left the residence. The victim stated that she and her boyfriend got into an altercation. She stated he assaulted her so she called 911. Jones advised her to get the protective order. Jones left the residence and a short time later received another 911 call from the same residence. When Jones arrived both were yelling at each other. Jones detained Chittum due to his aggressive nature. He denied anything happened. A witness stated that Chittum arrived back at the residence and came up on the porch and grabbed the victim and they began fighting. The victim gave a similar story. Chittum was transported to the Meherrin River Regional Jail and held with no bond.

In other matters, Jobaldy Noel Mejia, 19, from Hyattsville, Maryland, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, no valid operator’s license, second or more offense; reckless driving - speeding, and eluding police on Nov. 14, 2021.

Evans said Deputy W. V. Smith was operating stationary radar at the 35-mile marker south on Interstate 85 and checked a car with Maryland tags at 112 mph. Smith activated emergency lights as the car approached. He started to pull out when the car braked and took the Exit 34 ramp. Smith then activated his siren. The car approached the stop sign at the end of the ramp slowed down enough to make a right turn onto Sturgeon Road. The car then accelerated. The car got towards the end of the road and turned into the R. F. Howerton parking lot and running into a corner where there was a fence. 
Smith approached the car occupied by two young males. There was a smell of alcohol and a small odor of marijuana in the car. Smith asked the driver why he ran and he said that he was suspended. Smith got information from the driver and the passenger.

The driver was given a preliminary breath test and blew .09BAC. He was placed under arrest for DUI, misdemeanor eluding, fail to yield right of way, no valid operator’s license and reckless driving by speed 112mph in a 70 mph zone. He was transported to the Meherrin River Regional Jail and given another test and the result was .06BAC.

Gregory Earl Avent, 55, from Roanoke Rapids, N.C. is charged with public intoxication on Nov. 12, 2021.

Evans said Deputy A. S. Grassel responded to Flat Rock Road for a report of an intoxicated male trying to set his property on fire in the yard. This was the second call at this address that night. Avent was not located on the first call. On the second response Avent was located in a bush hiding. He had slurred speech and could not stand up on his own. He had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person. He was taken into custody for drunk in public at that time.

Lucinda Denise Brandon, 53, from Lawrenceville is charged with public intoxication on Nov. 14, 2021.

Evans said Sergeant A. W. Connell responded to 301 Crestview Road, Apartment 301 and spoke with Brandon. She was very intoxicated and threw her TV out of the apartment into the parking lot, breaking it. She was arrested for drunk in public and transported to the Meherrin River Regional Jail. She was placed on an unsecured bond and released when sober.