Multiple people arrested as Roanoke County standoff peacefully ends

6 total people were arrested


Roanoke County police arrested six people after a robbery investigation led to a standoff in Santa Anita Terrace, not far from Williamson Road.

On Monday, officers were following up on their investigation related to an armed robbery in the 5600 block of Williamson Road on Saturday.

Officers found a vehicle believed to have been used in the robbery in Santa Anita Terrace. They were able to make contact with one person who was near the vehicle while another person fled into the residence, according to Roanoke County police.

Others wanted in connection to the robbery were inside refusing to come out. Roanoke County SWAT arrived and negotiators eventually made contact with everyone inside, according to Roanoke County police.

Police arrested the following people:

  • Dustin Lee Lewis, 33, of Roanoke: Robbery; Use/display a firearm while committing robbery; possession of a firearm as a convicted felon
  • Tyler Jordan Griffith, 25, of Salem: Obstruction
  • Hunter Dylan Hall, 21, of Vinton: Obstruction; Capias out of Montgomery County
  • Nicholas Stuart Bennett, 32, of Vinton: Obstruction​​​​​​
  • Aubriana Wright, 22, of Hardy: Obstruction; contempt of court out of Salem
  • Candace Rae Clark, 21, of Martinsville: Obstruction

Roanoke County police is still investigating this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roanoke County Police Department at 540-562-3265.

A standoff in Roanoke County ended after almost four hours.

Five people were arrested on obstruction charges from inside the home and another person was taken into custody earlier in the day.

On Monday morning, Roanoke County police and SWAT were on Santa Anita Terrace, not far from Williamson Road. 

These arrests were in connection to a Saturday morning robbery at the Clipper Food Mart, also on Williamson Road, according to police.

 While the standoff was still going on, one suspect was arrested, but we were told another person of interest was still inside the residence.

Becky Murphy, who lives in Boxley Hills, thought she was going to have a quiet Labor Day with a barbecue.

"My neighbor called me and she said, 'Look out your bedroom window. There's a cop outside your window.' So I looked and went out front. I didn't see what she was talking about. But a little later, the crime lab was there, the street was blocked, cops everywhere. I didn't know what to think. I wanted to know what was going on so I said, 'I gotta get outside."

At around 2:30 p.m., five people came out and were put into different police cars. 

One woman was even smiling for the cameras from the backseat of a police car.


Officers and SWAT team members are conducting a robbery investigation in north Roanoke County. 

Authorities say the investigation is in the 5800 block of Santa Anita Terrace. 

One suspect is reportedly in custody and another person of interest is still inside the home, according to police. 

Authorities say that this incident is connected to a Saturday robbery that happened at a business in the 5600 block of Williamson Road around 9:45 a.m. 

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