Air Force veteran robbed while dying from heart attack on Virginia bus

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RICHMOND, Va. (NewsNation Now) —  An Air Force veteran died on board a Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) bus. Surveillance video captures the victim being robbed by another passenger during the final moments of his life.

On Sept. 11, shortly before 11 a.m., GRTC riders alerted the driver that Ray Bass, 66, had collapsed. In a panic, the driver pulled over at 1st and Federal Streets in Gilpin Court, called 911 and evacuated everyone off the bus, according to NewsNation affiliate WRIC.

Richmond police confirm Bass was a retired Air Force veteran was on his way to a doctor’s appointment at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center when he suffered a heart attack and died on the bus.

RPD released video showing Damontea Chappell, 20, pretending to help Bass but he is seen on camera stealing from the military veteran’s pocket.

Chappell can be heard saying aloud, “Pops, what yo name is pops?”, “I’m trying to find your wallet” and “Where is your wallet?” Eventually, Chappell is seen on camera grabbing Bass’ wallet and grabbing a wad of cash, leaving him helpless and alone.

“He was acting as though he was a good Samaritan. When all the while he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Richmond Detective Greg Russell.

There is a warrant out for Chappell’s arrest. Russell says he spoke to the suspect’s mother who said her son will turn himself in Wednesday.

An official from the Richmond Police Department said Chappell turned himself into police at 5:30 p.m. and was being held without bond Thursday.


NewsNation affiliate WRIC contributed to this report.

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