Monday, October 24, 2016

Arrest Made in Lawson Street Homicide

October 24, 2016
A Richmond man is facing two felonies in connection with a homicide that occurred Saturday morning in the Swansboro West neighborhood.

Tracey S. Hughes, 54, of the 3300 block of Lawson Street, was taken into custody Saturday. He has been charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Additional charges are expected. His booking photo is attached.

At approximately 6:38 a.m. on October 22, officers were called to the 3300 block of Lawson Street for a report of a person down. The victim – Naquan R. Bentley, 35, of the 5800 block of Westover Village Drive –was located outside. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives do not believe the incident to be a random act. The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Victoria Griffith Matko at (804) 646-3912 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip or submit a tip online at

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