FORT LEE, Va. (WRIC) — Fort Lee Police have captured a man they say crashed a stolen car near the army base and then fled into a forest Monday afternoon.Military police worked with officers from Prince George County to bring the man into custody.
According to an official statement by Fort Lee issued on Tuesday, they believe the suspect stole a privately-owned car from just outside the fire department and then drove erratically crashing near a gate used to control access to the base.
“The car is currently part of our evidence and part of the investigation,” said Sgt. Alain F. Nadeau, Director of Emergency Services at Fort Lee, “It was left at the site overnight and is now part of the ongoing investigation to determine if there’s any evidence that can be of use to law enforcement professionals.”Officials said the man managed to elude police for over 12 hours by fleeing into a wooded area north of the Adams Chase neighborhood.
Residents living at the U.S. army base were warned to stay inside their homes and lock their doors Tuesday while the search was ongoing.
Fort Lee authorities emphasized that the man was not a part of the population of Afghan evacuees being housed at the base.