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Task Force makes arrests in Colonial Beach

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Ryan B. Williams was arrested last night in Colonial Beach for charges and questioning regarding a double homicide in Loudon County.

Eric D. Smith of Colonial Beach was arrested last night for outstanding charges in Loudon County.

The Tri-County Drug Task Force arrested three individuals in Colonial Beach including a man wanted for for questioning regarding a double homicide in Loudon County.

Ryan B. Williams, 31, of Leesburg was arrested late Thursday night for outstanding charges in Loudon County of Assault on a Family Member, Possession of Cocaine, Probation Violation and Failure to Appear.

Loudon County authorities contacted the Task Force to alert them that Williams was wanted in connection with a double homicide and might be in the Colonial Beach area, according to Sheriff C.O. Balderson.

“Once we were contacted that this individual had these charges already against him, and was [being sought] in connection with this double homicide in Loudon, the entire Task Force was activated and the arrests were made,” said Sheriff Balderson.

Eric D. Smith, 23, of Colonial Beach was also arrested for an outstanding charge in Loudon County of Distribution of Cocaine and two charges of Fail to Appear.

Williams and Smith are being held without bond at the Northern Neck Regional Jail and will be arraigned Jan. 7 in Loudon County.

Orlando C. Smith, 25, of Fredericksburg was arrested for Spotsylvania County charges of Simple Assault/Battery by Mob and for Colonial Beach charges of Vandalism. He is not related to suspect Eric D. Smith. The Task Force turned him over to the Town of Colonial Beach for processing.

The Tri-County Drug Task Force is a joint operation between the Westmoreland, King George and Caroline County Sheriff’s Offices, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Virginia State Police.

Colonial Beach Police also assisted the Task Force with the arrests which were made in separate dwellings in Riverwood Apartments, 368 Riverwood Dr. in Colonial Beach.

According to records from the Westmoreland County Commonwealth Attorney, 482 calls were made to Colonial Beach Police regarding Riverwood Apartments in 2005 and 2006. Of those calls, 339 were “criminal” in nature.