HARRISONBURG — The six-week-old hunt for a suspect in the murder of one of the owners of the Dry River Store in Clover Hill came to end this weekend with the arrest of a Richmond man.
A Rockingham County grand jury indicted Javon Lamont Arrington, 21, on March 24 on six felony counts: felony murder in the commission of a robbery, felony attempted first-degree murder, felony aggravated malicious wounding, felony use of a firearm in the commission of murder, felony use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery and felony possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
“The Commonwealth will be seeking the death penalty in the case,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst told Judge T.J. Wilson.
Following the unsealing of the indictments, Arrington appeared in circuit court.
Wilson scheduled Arrington appear in court on Thursday to appoint attorneys for the defendant.
On Feb. 15, Eun Sim Kim, 51, of Harrisonburg, was killed during the apparent robbery of the rural mom-and-pop store at 1228 Clover Hill Road. Her husband, 54-year-old Jae Young Kim, was shot and severely beaten and remains at University of Virginia Medical Center.
Police say they have received hundreds of tips and leads since the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office released a video surveillance photo of the suspect, described by deputies as a "slender, black man" seen wearing a green vest with a red shirt underneath.
Police say that at about 5:30 p.m. on the day of the shooting, emergency crews responded after a 911 call was placed by someone who said the couple had been found on the floor of the store.
Deputies say the suspect was seen on surveillance video entering the store and attacking the couple. The man fled on foot toward Roberson Road and may have left the area in a dark-colored Toyota sedan, according to deputies.