RICHMOND, Va. — A Richmond man accused of killing two people and abducting a 2-year-old on Christmas Eve was arraigned Tuesday as police worked to upgrade charges against him.
Media outlets report 27-year-old Jamal Louis Clemons was arraigned via video conference in Richmond General District Court. He faces abduction, robbery and gun charges.
Police said Monday they would seek additional charges related to the shooting deaths of 60-year-old Edward Bowmer Jr. and 56-year-old Robin Sheryl Clapp of Richmond.
WWBT-TV reported that Clemons was released from Pamunkey Regional Jail on Friday, one day before he is accused of shooting Bowmer and Clapp then stealing an SUV that was left running with the child in the back seat. The boy was found still inside the vehicle at a nearby cemetery several hours later and reunited with his family.
The boy was not related to either of the victims. Police have released no other details about the child or the child’s family.
The public defender’s office said it did not immediately know which attorney was appointed to represent Clemons.
Court records indicate Clemons has been convicted in the past of several drug, identity theft and assault charges.
The hunt for Clemons ended Monday, when federal marshals and Richmond police stormed a Richmond home about 3 miles from where the shootings took place and arrested him. Clemons had refused to come out, but police said he surrendered to officers inside.
Richmond Police Maj. Steve Drew told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that police suspect robbery was the likely motive in the shootings.
This item has been updated.