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Posted: Feb. 5, 2018 | 11:05 a.m.
SUSSEX – Three young men were captured and charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the death of Kenneth Moore, whose body was found, throat cut, in a water-filled Sussex County ditch, wrapped in trash bags, on January 12.
Eric Obando, 24, was arrested on Heir Road, Prince George County, on the morning of January 31, Christopher Crowder, 18, was arrested in Dinwiddie County that same day. The third man, a juvenile, was arrested in Sussex County. All three are being held without bond, and the two adults are incarcerated in the Sussex County Jail. According to Giles, Obando is in the United States illegally.
Giles had high praise for citizens who aided in solving the brutal murder, saying, “We received numerous calls on Jan 30 which were crucial in making the captures and arrests, and we want to thank citizens from Sussex, Prince George, Dinwiddie and Southampton Counties for the many leads that came in to lead to the arrest. Once the community got started on the hot line, it pushed us even harder. It was a team effort from the community to law enforcement. That’s what it always takes – for the community to get involved in solving these crimes so we can have a safe community. This is a prime example of working together to keep our area safe.”
Giles said that he wants to thank the Prince George Police, Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and US Marshalls for their contributions to the arrests.
“I want to credit my investigators,” he added. “They did not overlook anything. And each time someone called my staff with leads, they all gathered information and passed it on. I want to particularly extend my gratitude to Investigator Derrick McKenzie and Investigator John Ogburn with the Sheriff’s department, along with the rest of the staff, because it was a team effort. We all worked together, and these two did not slow down once the leads started coming in.”
When pushed, Giles admitted that he and the two investigators “didn’t sleep much for 2 days. But we got it done and we’re happy about that.”
Giles said that robbery was the motive. “Stolen were a backpack containing a Mac Book, a cell phone, and several chargers, and it was alleged that the victim had cash on him also. It was a tragic death that this young man did not deserve, but these arrests will bring a little closure to the grieving family.”