May 18, 2006
A Charlottesville man was outside his home, holding his son when he was brutally gunned down. That was in 1999. Police say they know who did it. They've known for years. But this cold blooded killer may never be brought to justice.
“He's about as bad as they get. His criminal history goes back years and years and years,” said Charlottesville police Sgt. Richard Hudson
Charlottesville police said Michael Sidbury fired several shots into a crowd outside a housing complex in 1999. One of the bullets struck James Monroe in the chest. Days later, a murder warrant was issued for Sidbury's arrest. Then police learned Sidbury was also wanted for murder in Lancaster, PA.
“We used every technological weapon at our disposal to help locate him,” said Hudson.
Months later he was captured in New York, and later convicted of murder in Pennsylvania where he is currently serving a life sentence.
Seven years later James Monroe’s family still fears for their lives and would not speak on camera but said they are waiting for the day that Sidbury stands trial here in Charlottesville. That's up to the Commonwealth's attorney who would not comment on whether Sidbury will be extradited to face murder charges in Charlottesville.
When Sidbury allegedly killed Monroe, there were outstanding warrants for his arrest in Lancaster. Had he been caught, police said he wouldn't have been able to kill this Charlottesville father.
“This is a case a lot of times [where] criminals have a lot of trouble staying out of trouble,” said Hudson
Take the case of Chay Rivalo Wilson. “He was wanted in Goochland County for attempted murder,” said Charlottesville police Lt. Gary Pleasants.
Police were looking for Wilson the week he shot Mark Murphy in friendship court last December. Wilson pleaded guilty to the crime last week.
How about Christopher Scott Karten? While wanted by sheriffs for contempt of court, he allegedly kidnapped and assaulted his former girlfriend. He's still out there.
It’s also true of low level offenders. We hit the streets looking for Eric Dawson. Dawson has convictions in five states and is wanted in two others, as well as here in Charlottesville.
Police say he defrauds people, takes off and sets up in a new state or town to do it all over again.
“He apparently travels throughout the United States committing crimes of this nature so I'm sure he will keep this pattern up,” said Pleasants.
It's a pattern you can help stop. With almost 3,000 fugitives on the streets, you can help police get these guys. If you recognize a name or a face, call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000 with the information.