Nationwide Violent Crime

Amber Hembree 5th Home Invasion Robbery, Murder Suspect Arrested in Virginia

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A 20-year-old Virginia woman suspected of participating in two marijuana-related home invasion robberies, assaults and a murder in Sonoma County in February was arrested in Virginia on Monday, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Amber Hembree, a resident of Richmond, Virginia also known as “Skittles,” and four men are suspected of committing two home invasion robberies in Sonoma County on Feb. 8. The robberies occurred in the 1900 block of Fulton Road and the 3600 block of Melcon Lane, sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

The victims of both robberies were tied up and shot, and Jose Luis Torres, 54, a Melcon Lane resident, died of gunshot wounds. The suspects’ car was found in Vallejo.

All four men tried to escape but the vehicle crashed and they were arrested. Hembree remained at large until Monday, Crum said. Detectives got a no bail warrant for Hembree for murder, robbery and kidnapping and their investigation led to a home in Chester, Virginia.

The U.S. Marshals Service was alerted and found Hembree hiding in the attic of a home in the 12000 block of Chestertowne Road, Crum said. Hembree was armed with a loaded handgun and was taken into custody without incident.

She was booked in Chesterfield County Jail. Hembree is expected to be extradited to Sonoma County soon, Crum said. Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano thanked the Marshals Service for cooperating with the arrest.

The other defendants, Tyrone Mccrae, 25, of Jackson, Mississippi, Jonathan Jackson, 19, and David Ealey, 23, both of Richmond, Virginia, and Mussie Himed, 28, of Santa Rosa, are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in September.

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