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Va. Beach Police Arrest Suspect in 2010 Murder of Norfolk Officer Victor Decker

July 2, 2012 | Virginia News

News Image On June 29, 2012 and after almost a two-year investigation, Detectives John Allen and Sean Coerse with the Virginia Beach Homicide Unit have charged a suspect in the 2010 murder of Victor Decker. During the course of the investigation, several detectives interviewed over 200 sources of information.

Several police agencies have been instrumental in assisting the Virginia Beach investigators. These agencies include the Norfolk Police Department’s Uniform and Detectives Divisions and Special Investigations Unit, Virginia State Police, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Portsmouth Police Department, and Virginia Beach’s and Norfolk’s Commonwealth Attorney’s Offices.

Investigators have identified the suspect as Raymond Lewis Perry, 20, formerly of the 6400 block of S. Stoney Point, Norfolk. He has been charged with First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery and two counts Use of a Firearm. Perry is currently serving an eighty-eight-year sentence in a federal facility in South Carolina in reference to a series of robberies in Virginia Beach and other jurisdictions in September 2010. (Prior news release dated September 26, 2010 NR# 2010-142). Perry is awaiting extradition back to Virginia Beach.

Statement by Norfolk Police Chief Mike Goldsmith:

"On behalf of the Norfolk Police Department I would like to thank Chief Jim Cervera and the Virginia Beach Police Department for their relentless determination over the last 18 months to solve the murder of Officer Victor Decker. Their efforts and the hundreds of hours put into this investigation has resulted in an arrest that will provide a level of closure for the men and women of the Norfolk Police Department, particularly those who worked with Vic on a daily basis. I would also like to thank the public for their support during this time.

Finally, and most importantly, let me remind you to continue to keep Victor's wife, Dawn and daughter, Charlotte, in your thoughts and prayers. While they too must be experiencing a measure of relief at the arrest, they will soon face the difficulty of the upcoming trial."

This case remains under investigation by the department’s Homicide Unit with Detective John Allen as the lead investigator.