Man suspected in deadly Petersburg fire has ties to Hampton Roads

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:06 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 5:12 AM

PETERSBURG -- A statewide search is under way for 47-year-old Alexander Hill, Jr., whom police believe may be connected to a fire that killed four people, including a child, in Petersburg.

It's possible Hill could come to or be in Hampton Roads, authorities say.

"Alexander Roosevelt Hill, Jr. does have family and friends in the Tidewater area, so we want to make certain that they are aware of his wanted status in Petersburg," Petersburg Bureau of Police spokeswoman Esther Hyatt told 13News Now. "We are pretty certain that he knows he's wanted, which is why he may be armed and dangerous."

Flames tore apart a home on Harding Street in Petersburg around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters found the bodies of three adults and a child inside it. It's unclear whether they died in the fire or whether it was set to cover their deaths.  Their names haven't been released, but authorities say the case is a homicide..

Police say Hill was already wanted on several charges including violating a protective order and Assault.

Lillian Phelps says she knew the victims. She said the homeowner had lived in the house for 20 years and that her daughter, granddaughter and two-year-old great grandchild had recently moved in.

"I feel very bad. I'm so hurt. I'm hurt for the family. I can't believe it," she said.

Petersburg officers are working with law enforcement agencies in Hampton Roads, including in Newport News and Virginia Beach, where he has family and friends.

Hill is 5'8" tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has black hair and is said to have "distinctive hazel eyes." Anyone with information that can help authorities locate Hill can call Petersburg Police at 804-732-422, the police department in your area, or Petersburg-Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212. You can also send text tips via telephone using the keyword “PDCASH” followed by the information and sending it to 274637.

Lillian Phelps says she knew the victims. She said the homeowner had lived in the house for 20 years and that her daughter, granddaughter and two-year-old great-grandchild had recently moved in.

"I feel very bad. I'm so hurt. I'm hurt for the family. I can't believe it," she said.

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