Missing Virginia 17-year-old has been located safely

Abductor is believed to be 19-year-old from Spotsylvania

Missing Virginia 17-year-old has been located safely
Virginia State Police say a 17-year-old has been located safely after police issued an Amber Alert. (Source: Va Amber Alert)

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Virginia State Police say a 17-year-old has been located safely after police issued an Amber Alert.

On Sept. 16 at approximately 9:59 p.m., deputies responded to the Courthouse Valero at 2142 Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford County or a reported abduction.

According to a witness, Selena Jah’nyrah Fernandez, 17, had entered the store visibly distraught. Fernandez asked to use the phone and a clerk provided one.

As Fernandez used the phone to call a relative for a ride, 19-year-old Rodney Richards, Jr. entered the store and took the phone from Fernandez. Richards proceeded to forcibly remove Fernandez from the store.

They were seen leaving the convenience store southbound on Jefferson Davis Highway.

Rodney Richards.
Rodney Richards. (Source: Va Amber Alert)

Police say Richards is an acquaintance of Fernandez and also has a Spotsylvania address and warrants for abduction, assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and driving suspended have been obtained against Richards.

Police say Richards made threats of using a firearm to ‘shoot up’ the business where the abduction occurred and has been stopped in Stafford County last month with pistol ammunition.

Police say Richards is in custody after Fernandez was located safe.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is asked to call the Stafford Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400.

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