Arrest made after worker finds blood-stained clothes, rifle on Louisa railroad track


LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities are investigating in Louisa County after a railroad worker found a bag with blood-stained clothing inside and a rifle, with ammunition and shell casings, while inspecting the tracks on Wednesday afternoon.  

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office were informed at 12:15 p.m. on April 24 of a Louisa County railroad worker who located some suspicious items during an inspection of the tracks near Chalk Level Road. 

An investigation linked the firearm found with a truck that had been stolen from Louisa County, the Sheriff’s Office said. 

Detectives arrested a suspect, 21-year-old Manuel Lopez, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. According to authorities, Lopez has been charged with two counts of felony grand larceny, one for the pickup truck and the other for the firearm, and trespassing on railroad property. 

Lopez, who has no fixed address, is currently in jail with no bond and authorities are not sure when his next court date will be. 

An investigation is underway.   

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