VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Police arrested a local 5k organizer who is accused of taking money from runners, cancelling the race and not issuing refunds.
Devon Beezhold was picked up by a Virginia Beach warrant officer earlier this week. She has been charged with obtaining money by false pretense, a class-one misdemeanor.
"At some point, I would hope she would just come clean with it and pay everybody back," said Portsmouth's Bruce Bradley, who registered for the race months ago.
Hampton Roads runners have been waiting to find out what really happened to the Hash Dash 5k. The race was supposed to be in May, but just days before the event, it was canceled by Beezhold. She told WAVY.com in May the cancellation was because she didn't have the proper permits.
"You give somebody money under the promise that they are going to put on an event, and then when it goes down, you can understand, things happen, but you'd like some sort of communication," Bradley added.
When Bradley signed up for the Norfolk race, he paid $50. He, like many others, tried to get in touch with Beezhold to see about refunds, but she never returned any of his emails.
"A lot of people think I was collecting this money and that I had every intention of canceling this race, keeping the money," Beezhold told WAVY.com in May. "That's not it at all."
Beezhold said she planed to reschedule, but after waiting for months, runners decided to take the matter into their own hands.
"I saw a couple stories WAVY had done on it and I talked to some other people," Bradley added. "I went down to the Portsmouth Magistrate's office and went to file a complaint."
A warrant was taken out for her arrest. Other runners did the same thing in Virginia Beach and Newport News. This week, two of the warrants in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth were served. Beezhold was booked into the Virginia Beach Jail.
"Hopefully more people will come forward and file complaints," Bradley said.
Beezhold was released on bond. She will be in Portsmouth General District Court on October 4. Count on WAVY.com to keep you updated.
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