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Arrest made in 2022 Hardy Drive shooting case

The Charlottesville Police Department announced on Wednesday that an arrest has been made in relation to a February 2022 shooting on Hardy Drive in Charlottesville’s 10th & Page neighborhood.

Robert James Wayne, 33, of Charlottesville was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with 14 separate charges, a mix of drug and gun charges, after police executed a search warrant on a residence in the 400 block of 10th Street near the Dairy Market.

Police said the warrant was executed with assistance from the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement team.

Wayne has been charged with malicious wounding, reckless handling of a firearm, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon, failure to appear in court, possession of marijuana and cocaine, possession of a firearm along with those drugs and possession of those drugs with the intent to manufacture or sell.

Authorities also seized roughly 5 pounds of marijuana, 156 grams of cocaine, three semi-automatic firearms, a revolver, seven rifle magazines and assorted ammunition and $4,600 from the residence on 10th Street, according to the department’s statement.

A warrant for Wayne’s arrest was issued as far back as February 2022, according to news reports from the time.

On the night of Feb. 23, 2022, police responded to shots fired in the 800 block of Hardy Drive. Shortly afterward, they obtained an arrest warrant for Wayne on charges of attempted malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Wayne is being held in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

Police have said their investigation into the 2022 shooting is ongoing and have asked anyone with any information pertaining to the case to contact the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (434) 977-4000 or the Charlottesville Police Department directly at (434) 970-3280.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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