Two arrested in connection with robbery of Lynchburg market

Ayanna Paige 2022 Mugshot... 11.25.22
Ayanna Paige 2022 Mugshot... 11.25.22(Blue Ridge Regional Jail)
Published: Nov. 25, 2022 at 10:56 AM EST
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - The Lynchburg Police Department has released the names of two people arrested in connection with the robbery of Miles Market Friday morning.

Ayana Janee Page, 28, is charged with robbery. Wilbert Lee Ward, 66, is charged with obstruction of justice. Both are from Lynchburg.

Officers were called to the store on Rivermont Avenue at 8:45 a.m., told the store had been robbed by a woman who took cash from the register. She wore black clothing and had short dreads, according to a witness.

The robber left the scene in a two-tone, maroon-over-gray minivan (seen in the photo) with drywall strapped to the roof, in the direction of 5th Street. The van was found about 11 a.m. in the 800 block of Pierce Street.

Van used in Miles Market robbery in Lynchburg... 11.25.22
Van used in Miles Market robbery in Lynchburg... 11.25.22(Lynchburg Police)

The discovery of the van led police to a nearby home, where Paige was found and arrested. Police have not given specifics about Ward’s connection to the robbery; after being charged, he was released on bond.

Wilbert Ward mugshot
Wilbert Ward mugshot(Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

Paige has several arrests dating to at least 2013, including for burglary, assault, narcotics and bomb threat.