Norfolk man armed with knife abducts 4-year-old boy, leads police on pursuit in New Kent County

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Suspect faces multiple charges, including child endangerment and abduction by force.

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A man is in custody after leading police on a pursuit and holding an abducted 4-year-old boy at knife-point in New Kent on Monday afternoon.

The man, later identified as Bryan M. Valdez, was armed with a knife and surrendered to Virginia State Police after troopers received a request for assistance from the City of Norfolk Police Department for a male who abducted a 4-year-old boy.

Bryan M. Valdez

State police located the Toyota when it was driving on I-64 East near the 200-mile marker on Monday. Troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle at 2:24 p.m. but the driver refused to stop. This incident ultimately led to a pursuit of the suspect’s vehicle.

The vehicle was traveling over 100 miles per hour when “it rammed the back of a state police vehicle and then sideswiped the patrol car,” causing the driver to lose control and run off the side of the road before overturning near Exit 205, according to police.

State troopers saw the suspect exit the wrecked vehicle while armed with a knife. Police said Valdez was carrying a child as he fled into the woods.

Troopers chased Valdez into the woods where they deescalated the situation and took him into custody. The child was secured by police.

Both Valdez and the child were taken to VCU Medical Center for evaluation due to the severity of the vehicle crash. The child is now in his mother’s custody.

Valdez, a 32-year-old from the city of Norfolk, was transported to Henrico County Jail and has been charged with one felony count of child endangerment, one felony count of abduction by force, a felony count of eluding police and reckless driving. Valdez was also wanted on charged in Norfolk.

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