HARRISONBURG — Weyers Cave murder suspect Richard Clay Smith’s sister and fugitive girlfriend have been arrested in connection with an area crime spree, but he remained at large as of Monday evening.
His girlfriend, Andrea Mullan, 32, of Elkton, was arrested in Washington Township, N.J., on Monday afternoon, Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said.
Police were searching for her since Friday.
Mullan was stopped in New Jersey as she was walking along a street, Hutcheson said, but it wasn’t immediately clear why police there checked her criminal status.
It’s also not yet clear when she will return to Virginia.
An Augusta County Sheriff’s Office investigator was on the way to New Jersey on Monday, Hutcheson said.
Augusta deputies have charged Smith, 47, with the capital murder of his former father-in-law, Richard Orebaugh, 80, of Mount Sidney.
Orebaugh was shot at his home Thursday and died at the University of Virginia Medical Center early Friday, police say.
Rockingham County police have also charged Smith with the armed robbery of the 7-Eleven convenience store in Penn Laird, among other counts.
That alleged offense occurred at 3 a.m. Aug. 27.
Police announced on Friday that Mullan was also wanted in connection to Smith’s alleged crime spree.
She also has outstanding warrants for fraud and illegal use of a credit card in Page County, and police say additional charges are pending against the couple.
A third person is also involved, police say.
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office arrested Smith’s sister, Laura Lee Williams, and charged her with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder in connection to Orebaugh’s death, spokeswoman Felicia Glick said. She was booked on Monday.
Williams, of Elkton, whose age was not immediately available, is being held at Rockingham County Jail.
She and Mullan are close friends, Glick said.
Williams may also face additional charges, Hutcheson said.
Police believe Smith is using Orebaugh’s blue 2002 Ford Ranger extended cab pickup truck with Virginia license plate XWW-1871.
The vehicle, like Smith, has not been found, Hutcheson said.
“Wherever he is,” the sheriff said Monday evening, “remains to be seen.”
Anyone with information should call the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at 564-3800, Crime Solvers at 574-5050 or the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 245-5333.
Contact Preston Knight at 574-6272 or firstname.lastname@example.org