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Fugitive in 1999 shooting arrested in Louisa

A man wanted in Hanover County for the past 13 years has been arrested in Louisa County.

Jerry Otis Robinson, 39, of Louisa was wanted in Hanover for an aggravated malicious wounding charge related to a 1999 shooting in Mechanicsville.

According to Sgt. Chris Whitley of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Metro Richmond Crime Solvers received an anonymous tip about Robinson’s whereabouts.

After an investigation, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Richmond was contacted, Whitley said. The task force, accompanied by the Hanover and Louisa sheriff’s offices, executed a search warrant Wednesday at a home in the 1800 block of Jefferson Highway in Louisa.

Robinson was located and arrested without incident, Whitley said.

On Jan. 29, 1999, at 11:42 p.m., Hanover deputies responded to the 7100 block of Ellerson Mill Circle in the Mill Trace apartment complex in Mechanicsville for a report of a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, Whitley said deputies heard a female inside of an apartment yelling for help.

Whitley said she had been shot six times in the torso by Robinson with a .22-caliber handgun.

The victim, his girlfriend at the time, survived the shooting.

“I’m pleased that the victim, who has been waiting so long for this very moment, will finally have some sense of closure, ” said Hanover Sheriff David Hines.

Robinson fled on foot and was not found until this week, Whitley said.

During that 13-year period, Hanover had been actively searching for Robinson, who was on Hanover’s Most Wanted Fugitives List and had been featured on the America’s Most Wanted television series and website three times.