Lynchburg Police arrest three, seize $100,000+ in gang-relating shootings probe

Eric Payne

Eric Payne

Stephen Spinner

Stephen Spinner

Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas

From Lynchburg City Police: On August 19, 2015, the Lynchburg Police Department, with assistance from the Virginia State Police and the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office executed five search warrants at four separate locations in the City of Lynchburg and one location in Amherst County. During the execution of search warrants, the following items were seized: five firearms, $109,955 in cash, and a significant amount of gang-related paraphernalia from several locations. These search warrants and the arrests listed below are related to the gang-related shootings previously discussed during the 8/18 press conference.

(Continue reading for the full list of suspects and charges.)

Stephen Lamont Spinner – 37 years of age, of Madison Heights.

  • Criminal Street Gang Participation
  • 2 counts of Recruitment of Persons for a Criminal Street Gang

Eric Lamont Payne – 31 years of age, of Lynchburg

  • 2 counts of Attempted Malicious Wounding
  • 2 counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

(These charges stem from a shooting incident that took place in the 1100 block of Wise St. on 8/12/15.)

  • Criminal Street Gang Participation
  • 2 counts of Recruitment of Persons for a Criminal Street Gang

Christopher Michael Thomas – 23 years of age, of Lynchburg

  • 2 counts of Attempted Malicious Wounding
  • 2 counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

(These charges stem from a shooting incident that took place in the 1100 block of Wise St. on 8/12/15.)

  • Criminal Street Gang Participation
  • 2 counts of Recruitment of Persons for a Criminal Street Gang

 

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