Tommie the pit bull case

Police arrested the man accused of killing ‘Tommie’ the pit bull that died after being set on fire in Richmond’s Abner Clay Park back in February.

Jyahshua A. Hill, 20, of the 1300 block of St. Peter Street, was arrested without incident shortly before 3 p.m. Monday by members of the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The incident sparked widespread outrage. Investigators are crediting an outpouring of information and assistance from the general public that helped them solve this crime.

“There are a lot of people to thank, but I’d like to single out all the citizens who contributed tips that pointed us in the right direction,” said Interim Police Chief William C. Smith said in a release. “That, plus the excellent job done by arson investigators who did the bulk of the work, major crimes detectives, forensics technicians and animal control officers who all built a strong case to present to the grand jury.”

Hill was indicted by a grand jury on May 8th on one count of felony animal cruelty.