Lunenburg kidnapping case brings in multiple agencies

Published 10:59 am Thursday, March 7, 2024

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Lunenburg County deputies are investigating after a bizarre incident Monday that allegedly involved a cross-state kidnapping. On Wednesday, March 6, a resident in the area of Longview Drive and Berry Road reported an incident that took place two days prior. 

The resident said he had been home Monday around 8 p.m. when a man entered the house and made demands. He claimed this person pulled out a knife and ordered the homeowner to drive him to a specific area in North Carolina. The homeowner then claims he was released without injury in a wooded area, while the assailant got away with the vehicle. The vehicle was later found in Granville County, North Carolina, according to the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office. 

Lunenburg Sheriff Arthur Townsend said his department is investigating the case, in collaboration with the Virginia State Police (VSP) and multiple law enforcement agencies in North Carolina. 

“We are dedicated to identifying and apprehending those responsible for this reprehensible act,” Townsend said in a statement. “We assure our citizens that every resource at our disposal will be utilized to bring the perpetrators to justice swiftly.” 

VSP Public Relations Director Corinne Geller confirmed that the agency is helping with the investigation, but “because we’re only assisting, any information has to be released by the sheriff’s office.” 

When asked what that help would look like, Geller said VSP officials would “provide whatever resources we have available.” 

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Now in terms of the victim, Sheriff Townsend confirmed that he is home safe. 

“Our thoughts are with the victim during this undoubtedly traumatic time, and we are committed to providing them with the necessary support and assistance.”

He thanked all of the law enforcement agencies helping on this case for their assistance, while adding this kind of thing would not be tolerated. 

“Together, as a resilient community, we will stand united against such senseless acts of violence,” Townsend said. 

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office Crime Solvers service at 434-696-3100.