UPDATE (7:15 p.m. Friday) — The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office is now also seeking the girlfriend of a Weyers Cave man accused of a crime spree this week that includes a murder in Augusta County and two robberies in Rockingham County.
Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson released additional information this evening as local, state and federal authorities continue their search for Richard Clay Smith, 47, who is charged with murdering Richard Eugene Orebaugh, 80, of Mount Sidney.
Investigators believe Smith is being aided by his girlfriend, Andrea Mullan, 32, of Elkton, who has two outstanding felony warrants for fraudulent use of a credit card, according to the sheriff's office. Mullan is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 275 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.
UPDATE (11:20 a.m. Friday) — The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has upgraded charges for Richard Clay Smith, a Weyers Cave man wanted in the Wednesday morning armed robbery of a 7-Eleven in Penn Laird and in the Thursday shooting of an elderly Mount Sidney man.
The shooting victim, Richard Eugene Orebaugh, 80, died as a result of wounds about 2 a.m. today, according to a release from the sheriff's office.
When deputies responded to the 200 block of Grey Fox Road in Mount Sidney for a welfare check Thursday, they found Orebaugh, who had been shot. He was transported by medical helicopter to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he was in initially listed in critical condition Thursday evening. Police say the victim was a family acquaintance of the suspect.
According to the sheriff's office, Smith stole the Orebaugh's 2002 Blue Ford Ranger extended cab truck; the vehicle's registration is XWW-1871.
Police caution that Smith is considered armed and dangerous and may have a .38-caliber and 380-caliber firearms in his possession and should not be approached. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call law enforcement immediately.
UPDATE (10 a.m. Friday) - Mount Sidney resident Richard Orebaugh has died, and Richard Clay Smith of Weyers Cave is now a murder suspect, according to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office.
HARRISONBURG — A Weyers Cave man sought in connection with the armed robbery of a Penn Laird 7-Eleven is now wanted for an Augusta County shooting that critically injured a Mount Sidney man Thursday.
Shortly after noon Thursday, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office released information, including a photograph, of Richard Clay Smith, 47, who is suspected in the early morning heist Wednesday at the U.S. 33 store.
Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said in a press release that Smith, who also has ties to Elkton and the town of Shenandoah, should be considered armed and dangerous.
Within two hours, Augusta County deputies were called to a residence in the 200 block of Grey Fox Road in Mount Sidney to conduct a welfare check.
At the home, deputies found Richard Eugene Orebaugh, 80, suffering from a gunshot wound, according to police.
Orebaugh was airlifted from the scene to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he was in critical condition Thursday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Augusta County deputies say Smith stole Orebaugh’s blue 2002 Ford Ranger extended cab pickup truck with Virginia license plate XWW-1871.
Felicia Glick of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said Smith is a family acquaintance of the victim but did not elaborate on the relationship between the two men.
Police also did not release information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Deputies are investigating the incident as an attempted first-degree murder and say additional charges are pending against Smith, who was already wanted for two misdemeanor counts of writing a bad check in Rockingham County.
He was also charged with failure to appear in Rockingham County General District Court on Thursday on counts of felony grand larceny and misdemeanor driving with a revoked or suspended license.
Augusta deputies said in a press release that Smith is “considered armed and extremely dangerous” with one .38-caliber firearm and a .380-caliber firearm.
Anyone who sees Smith should avoid contact with him and immediately notify authorities.
Wednesday’s robbery happened at 3 a.m. at the 7-Eleven at 6132 Spotswood Trail.
The suspect approached the checkout counter and asked the clerk for a carton of Marlboro Reds, police say.
The clerk then turned to retrieve cigarettes, and upon turning back around to the counter, was presented with a note demanding money.
The suspect then displayed a handgun to the clerk, who provided an undisclosed amount of cash, police say.
The man left the business, possibly in 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.
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 a Jesus tattoo, while on his left a dragon and multiple other depictions, police say.
Anyone with information regarding Smith’s whereabouts can 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