August 2021 Arrest and Court Case
The things described in this article are still happening, or are still being looked into. As a result, it may be subject to frequent change, and the information provided may not be entirely reliable.
Following allegations in late July and the eventual confirmation that Chris had committed incest with Barb, hundreds of people contacted the Greene County police, and authorities conducted a welfare check on the Chandler home, issuing an Emergency Protective Order on Chris the following day (essentially a temporary week-long restraining order). Chris was made temporarily homeless, and stayed at the Regency Inn Richmond for the meantime. Chris was arrested on 1 August 2021, outside of the Inn. The arrest was captured live on stream by several onlookers. Surprisingly, given Chris's past history with the law, he made no attempt to resist arrest, and was cooperative with police.
As of writing, Chris is currently being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail and is currently awaiting trial for the charge of incest, as well as further charges yet to be identified. He was arraigned on 5 August 2021 and held without bond pending a mental health evaluation until 18 November.
It is a criminal offense in Virginia to engage in incest - sexual activities between a parent and a child are a class 5 felony, punishable on indictment by up to 10 years incarceration.
Early on the morning of 30 July, prompted by someone reporting the leaks, Greene County Police visited 14 Branchland Court for a wellness check, at which point Chris was issued an Emergency Protective Order, forbidding contact between Chris and Barbara, and preventing him from remaining at her residence until 5 August. Barbara was removed to a hospital for a senior care inspection.
As a result of the protection order levied against Chris, he was without a home. Initial plans to stay with extended family were disrupted after the invitation was rescinded. Due to ongoing financial problems, Chris could not afford a hotel. Null told him to sleep in his van for one night and that he would have have the proceeds of Chris's GoFundMe (originally intended for Chris's trip to Everfree Northwest) transferred to his bank account the following day. Chris told Null in his messages that he was spending the night of 30-31 July in his car and that he would go to a mall as soon as it opened in the morning and loiter there. The two malls he mentioned, Regency Mall and Chesterfield Towne Center, are in Richmond. This suggests that the family members with whom he intended to stay are his Aunt Harriet and Uncle Tom, who live in the Richmond area, and that they did not rescind their invitation until he had actually arrived at their home.
On 30th of July, Everfree Northwest posted that "appropriate action to protect the vulnerable" will be taken; while not naming Chris, it is suspected that that this tweet refers to the revocation of Chris's invitation to the convention, which Null subsequently confirmed. Due to the disturbing and lurid nature of the allegations, hashtags and topics such as #ChrisChan and #CHRISCHANDIDWHAT trended on Twitter, reaching 4th overall trend on July 30th, exposing a large number of otherwise uninvolved individuals to the story of Chris-Chan causing the Orbiter Wave.
On 31 July, Null, who had access to Chris's email (with Chris's permission) since the Guard Dogs saga, found that Chris had received $750.00 from Barb's bank account, meaning he had either contacted Barb or gained access to Barb's bank account himself, either of which would violate the emergency protection order. When confronted, Chris initially denied the accusation, claiming he had "managed to find blessings in the minimum abundance needed." However, upon further questioning he confirmed the that he had had access to Barb's account for some time, contrary to Null's previous assumption that Barb had been control of Chris's finances and not vice versa. Upset by Chris embezzling from his mother and lying to cover it up, Null finally cut all contact with him, reported the theft to authorities, and canceled the transfer of the GoFundMe money, arranging for it to be refunded to the donors.
|“||I am Chris-Chan Sonichu, your Goddess Blue Heart, and I continue to stand strong, and I maintain everything with CWCVille and my Sonichus and Rosechus and everybody. I keep in good faith that everything is going to work out.||”|
|Chris, while being arrested.|
On the evening of 31 July, Reddit user Chrisisaman located Son-chu at the Regency Inn in Richmond, confirming that Chris was in the city and that he would be spending time in a motel. The next day, a number of people attempted to contact Chris there. Most significant was YouTuber Ethan Ralph who livestreamed himself and his friends driving to the motel to meet Chris. The group ordered a pizza in the hopes of luring him out, but this was unsuccessful. They then went about knocking on every door on the second floor, but this was fruitless as well, and only led to the menagerie being ordered to leave by a motel employee.
Later that afternoon, Ralph was tipped off that four police cars had shown up at the motel. He got back just in time to film two Henrico County police officers perp-walking Chris down from his room, streaming the whole debacle for a live audience of over 3,000 viewers. While the police talked to Chris, Ralph sporadically yelled questions and comments, to which Chris occasionally responded.
Unlike Chris's previous run-ins with the law, he remained mostly calm and compliant during the arrest, though he rambled about the Dimensional Merge to both the police and Ralph's crew, promising that the Merge was in fact happening right at that moment. The police then loaded Chris into a squad car and left without answering Ralph's questions. An additional POV shot filmed by an anonymous onlooker showed Chris climbing directly into the cop car - the last known video of Chris for the foreseeable future.
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[Video begins with a shot of a neighboring car. A woman gets out of it with her phone. The song "Save Your Tears" by the Weeknd plays in background.]
Girl: Oh my god!
Ralph: They're arresting her!
[Ralph gets out of the car and walks toward the fence. The woman from earlier is know kneeling with her phone pointing at the motel. Ralph walks past her.]
[Camera zooms in on the motel, focusing on the second floor, where the police officers are walking Chris]
Girl in background: Oh my god!
Ralph: Yeah, they're arresting Chris Chan here at the hotel.
Chris (yelling): (unclear due to chatter) ...For the internet, do not record this!
Ralph (yelling): Chris Chan, what's up! Killstream, baby! When you get out, let's do the Killstream! Look me up!
Guy in background: Let the charges drop! It's all about Joshua Connor Moon!
Ralph: Tell 'em all about Josh Moon, that's who they want!
[Bystanders start yelling]
Girl in background: Give it up, Chris Chan!
Guy in background: Give him up...save yourself, girl!
Another guy in background: Magi-Chan will help you!
Third guy in background: You're beautiful!
Ralph: Look up Ethan Ralph, Killstream! I live here in Richmond, buddy!
Girl in background: Go to church!
Ralph: No, come to...come to the Killstream first!
[As the cops walk Chris down the stairs, there is more yelling]
Person below: ETHAN I BOUGHT YOUR STICKER!
Ralph: YEEEAH! What kind of shit is this? Holy shit! Oh my god, thank you!
[The cops are now walking Chris past the motel entrance]
Guy in background: Got a (indistinct) here!
Girl in background: Christian Weston Chandler, right here being...
[Camera turns past a nearby building as Ralph runs toward the motel parking lot]
Ralph: Oh, shit, oh! You better hurry Jesse, you're missing out!
[The camera now zooms in on Chris and three police officers, now standing outside a police car]
Police officer:...oh no, (indistinct) transport in the front...
[One of the officers says something to Chris that cannot be heard, presumably asking for his name]
Chris:...Chris Chan, or Sonichu, as they know...
[Camera freezes for a couple seconds]
Girl in background:...Chris. (indistinct) Bring 'em...
[A fourth officer gets out of one of the police cars]
Ralph: Hey, officers, how's it going?
Police officer: How you doing? I just saw you.
Ralph: Yeah, that's right! That's you, oh my god!
Person in background: Sorry about that, guys.
Ralph: I told you!
Chris: (indistinct) flying (?)...
Girl in background: (To Ralph) Is the car unlocked?
Chris: (indistinct) I am good like this!
Guy in background: (To Chris) You are, you absolutely are!
Ralph: Yeah, I think so. (To Chris) Yeah, you appear to be compliant.
Chris: I am Chris-Chan Sonichu, your goddess Blue Heart, and I continue to stand strong, and I maintain everything with CWCVille and my Sonichus and Rosechus and everybody.
Ralph: Yeah, you're live to about 3,000 people right now, Christian!
Guy in background: How do you plead?
Ralph: Well don't...you're taking everything in stride, you said you're doing good?
Chris : Yeah. I keep a good faith everything is going to work out.
Ralph: Doing good, feeling good?
Chris : Yep.
Ralph: How's the last few been? I know it's been pretty stressful.
Chris : It's stressful, but...I've taken it one moment at a time and...I've got my...I've got my loves.
Ralph: Well that's good.
Guy in background: Do you like, Josh Moon, like, did you dirty?
[An officer begins frisking Chris, and apparently finds something on his waistband]
Chris: (To officer) Oh, well, that's just the one thing, that's a pin. Feel free, just go ahead and take it out, it's a picture of Muffins from My Little Pony.
Guy in background: Your Love Quest is over, Chris!
Chris: (To officer) I promise like...I was not (indistinct)...it fell off my bag, I did not want to lose it. And please, I would like that...(indistinct)
Jesse: Hey, Ethan!
Ralph: What's up, Jesse?
Jesse: How you doing?
Ralph: Boy we almost missed it, huh?
[Ralph and Jesse laugh]
Jesse: I was wandering around the mall.
[The officer starts searching Chris's left side]
Chris: (indistinct)...options there...
Girl in background: I literally ran out to get that (chuckles). This is nuts.
[Someone makes a noise in the background]
Jesse: Christine, this man does want to help you.
Ralph: Yeah, we were trying to get you on the show, but...look, when you get out, look me up, Killstream. I don't know if you know who I am or not.
Girl in background: We're here to help you!
[Indistinct yelling in background]
Ralph: We saw what Josh was doing to you, so we wanted to come try to talk to you.
[The cop finishes his search]
Police officer: (To Chris) Do you have anything else on you?
Chris: I have nothing else on me.
[The police officer says something to Chris]
Chris: I understand. I have no weed, I have no drugs on (indistinct)...like I said, frisk me, there you go! (chuckles)
Chris: That felt good!
Ralph: (Laughs loudly)
Police officer: Alright, let's have a seat.
Jesse: Christine, is the merge coming?
Chris: It's happening now, it's on the verge (indistinct)
Ralph: (talking over Chris) The Merge, it's happening right now, isn't it?
Girl in background: It's happening right now, it is.
Chris: We're living it!
[Chris turns and says something indistinct to the police officers, then sits down as one of the officers points into the back of the police car]
Girl in background: It's happening right now.
Guy in a background: Merge the dimensions, Chris!
Ralph: Farewell, Chris Chan!
Girl in background: (indistinct) The Dimensional Merge is happening right now, August 1, 2021.
[Chris disappears into the back of the police car]
Ralph: Well there goes Chris Chan into the Henrico County deputy's car here.
Guy in background: Don't let the boulder(?) hit you!
Ralph: I don't think they've had an...arrest like this.
Girl in background: No, don't think so.
Ralph: We just got here, too.
Guy in background: This is like the first time nobody's filming the police.
Girl in background: I know.
Someone else in background: ...beginning of an era.
Another person in background: ...did you bring the wallet?
Guy in background: Which one of you wanted to ask questions?
Jesse: Oh I had a chance, but...
Guy in background: (To officers) Yeah, please do take like good care of her, she is like a good person.
Police officer: I will. I treat everybody the same, man. Alright, y'all have a good day.
Ralph: Thank you, officers.
Guy in background: Thank you.
Ralph: I appreciate y'all taking enough time for me to get here, too.
[Camera turns away from the police cars]
Ralph: Woww! (breathing heavily) Was that...(camera turns to show Ralph's face)...was that a scoop or what, ladies and gentlemen? What the, what in the world? Oh as always, falling into my lap here!
Guy in background: (indistinct)...tell me I didn't make it happen, I told you it was gonna happen.
Girl in background: Dude...(indistinct)
Ralph: He did, he told me. I wasn't going to come out to all this, but...
Girl in background: I can't believe he stayed over here!
Ralph: We just got the f...
On arrest, Chris was briefly held without bail at Henrico County Jail West. On 2 August 2021, the Charlottesville CBS affiliate, CBS 19, reported on the case, following the release of a press release from the Greene County Sheriff's Department indicating that Chris had been moved to Central Virginia Regional Jail (website), which serves several counties including Greene County.
Calls to the Sheriff's Office confirmed that Chris was being held on a charge of incest. Notably, the charge against Chris is listed on the Henrico Sheriff's Office website as "incest with own child or grandchild", presumably because "incest with own parent" charges are too uncommon to warrant an option for them in the software.
Originally, Chris was going to be transferred to a female prison (the Sheriff's Office website gives his gender as female), but after uproar from his new exposure, it was decided he would be tried as a male adult instead. It is noted that transgender inmates in Virginia are usually only placed in the prison of their identified gender if they have received sex-change surgery, which Chris has not. On 7 August 2021, Tucker Carlson briefly talked about the discourse in a Fox News segment, exposing Chris to millions of boomers.
It remains to be known how he is currently coping in jail.
First court appearance
On 5 August 2021, Chris appeared before the court for the beginning of his arraignment, represented by Charlottesville public defender David Heilberg.
The attorney representing Greene County asked presiding judge David M. Barredo to deny Chris bond out of concern for "the community's safety and Ms. Chandler's safety." Chris reportedly interrupted the proceedings multiple times. He was chided by his attorney for shouting "I'm famous on the internet." He was sworn in to state his case for bond, but wasted his opportunity to speak by demanding to be allowed to pick up personal possessions first.
Judge Barredo ordered Chris to be held without bond until the preliminary trial on 16 September, believing there was danger to both society and Chris himself. While Heilberg was informing the judge that he sought "evaluations" of Chris, Chris interrupted his own attorney by loudly stomping on the floor and demanding "to get everything back home,” claiming "I won’t feel safe proceeding" until he could get the items back.
Judging by Chris's behavior, it can be inferred that Chris either does not fully understand or care about the seriousness of his charges and the possible consequences, or that he still expects to be saved by the Dimensional Merge.
Second court appearance
Chris's next court appearance was to begin 16 September 2021, but got a continuance before the hearing was even set to commence due to the defense requesting more time to evaluate Chris's mental health.
- Chris Chan arrested for ‘incest’ after claims Sonichu comic book creator sexually assaulted family member (archive)
- 9-16-21: Court Case Gets a Continuance (page 7)
- Chris-Chan incest leak / Chris has been removed from 14 Branchland Court
- Everfree Northwest tweet
- Who is Chris Chan? Sonichu comic creator leaves Twitter scandalized with latest trend
- Null announces the refund
- Video of Chris's arrest filmed by Killstream crew
- Archived Reddit post confirming Chris's location
- 8/1/21 - Ethan Ralph Tries to Drag Chris-chan to his House
- Suspect arrested and charged with incest
- Greene County Sheriff's Office press release
- Tucker Carlson segment
- Greene County Record (archive)
- 9-16-21: Court Case Gets a Continuance (page 4)