Four New Jersey natives are in custody after a manhunt in Montgomery County, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident started on Saturday at about 8:13 p.m. when the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office got a request for assistance from the Virginia State Police regarding a pursuit of a stolen vehicle that began on I-81. They were told that the individuals had been involved in an armed robbery in New Jersey and were considered armed and dangerous.
At 8:32 p.m., the subjects left the vehicle they were driving in the area of Benoit Drive, which is in the Jefferson Forest area of Montgomery County, and ran away.
Authorities report that state police were able to take one of the four into custody at that time, and then requested help from the Sheriff’s Office UAV (drone) Team to set up a perimeter to find the remaining three.
On Sunday at about 1:15 a.m., VSP closed the perimeter and left the scene with deputies staying in the area through the morning.
At 5:24 a.m., officers found a second individual and took them into custody and at 8:18 a.m., the final two were found and arrested. All four were located in the Preston Forrest area of the county, according to authorities.
Those who were arrested are as follows:
- Tristan W. Difilippo, 18 years old, of New Jersey, held on fugitive warrant/no bond
- Dajuan K. Pittman, 20 years old, of New Jersey, held on fugitive warrant/no bond
- Male Juvenile, 16 years old, of New Jersey, held on fugitive warrant/no bond
- Female Juvenile, 17 years old, of New Jersey, held on fugitive warrant/no bond
Blacksburg Police Department tells 10 News that there is a manhunt underway for at least three suspects in Montgomery County.
Blacksburg Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and the FBI are all assisting in the search according to investigators.
VSP tells 10 News they received the call regarding the suspects on the run at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Details are still limited at this time.
We have a crew on the way and are working to get more information.
Source: WSLS News 10