Home invasion suspect arrested

Published 4:10 pm Sunday, January 1, 2017

UPDATED Monday 3 p.m.: Smith turned himself in at Suffolk Police Department headquarters on Monday, according to a city press release. He was taken into custody and transported to Western Tidewater Regional Jail, where warrants were served on him for armed breaking and entering, shooting into occupied dwelling, use of firearm in commission of a felony, destruction of property and two counts of brandishing a firearm.

Earlier: The Suffolk Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who was reportedly involved in an armed home invasion incident this morning, according to a city press release.



Police are attempting to locate Eugene Darnell Smith Jr., according to the press release. He is a 24-year-old black male, 4 feet, 11 inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and medium complexion. Smith is known to carry a firearm with him all times. His last known address is in the 100 block of Nancy Drive in Suffolk.

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Police responded to the 1000 block of Cathedral Drive around 5:50 a.m. Sunday, according to the press release. The offender forcibly made entry into the residence, shooting into the home during entry, and later brandishing a firearm at two individuals occupying the home. The offender fled the area and is still at large. The victims were not physically harmed during the incident.

The incident remains under investigation.

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