UPDATED: Robbery Suspect Now Wanted For Attempted Murder

Investigators: Man Robbed Penn Laird 7-11, Shot Elderly Augusta Resident

Posted: August 28, 2014

UPDATE (6 p.m.) — The man suspected of robbing a Penn Laird 7-Eleven early Wednesday now faces an attempted murder charge in Augusta County.

The Augusta County Sherrif's Office said Richard Clay Smith, 47, of Weyers Cave, shot 80-year-old Richard Eugene Orebaugh in Mount Sidney this afternoon and stole his pickup truck, a blue 2002 Ford Ranger extended cab with license plate XWW1871.

Smith is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him should not attempt to approach him and instead immediately notify authorities.     

UPDATE (4 p.m.) — The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center has warned that the person of interest, Richard Clay Smith, may be linked to an assault today in Augusta County, and he should still be considered armed and dangerous.

HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson says investigators have established a person of interest in the armed robbery of the 7-Eleven in Penn Laird.

The sheriff’s office is searching for a man it says robbed the convenience store at 6132 Spotswood Trail about 3 a.m. Wednesday. According to deputies, the suspect approached the checkout counter and asked the clerk for a carton of Marlboro Reds cigarettes. The clerk, after turning to get the cigarettes, was presented with a note demanding money. 

The suspect then displayed a handgun to the clerk, who provided an undisclosed amount of cash, deputies say. The man left the business, possibly in a vehicle described as a dark-colored, two-toned Dodge pickup truck with top marker cab lights and possibly a dog box on the back of the truck bed area.

This afternoon, Hutcheson released a statement saying that police believe Richard Clay Smith, 47, with a last known residence of Weyers Cave, is a person of interest in the holdup. Smith is described as being 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds with blue eyes and brown-gray hair. On his right arm, he has the tattoo "Jesus;" he has a dragon and multiple other tattoos on his left arm, according to the statement.

He is believed to have connections to Elkton and the town of Shenandoah.

Smith also is wanted for two misdemeanor bad check counts in Rockingham County and a failure to appear in court/probation violation. 

The sheriff's office says he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding this subject’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at 564-3800 or the Crime Solvers hotline at 574-5050.

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