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Fugitive suspected of local crimes nabbed in Ohio

SoVaNow.com / July 26, 2017
A fugitive who was the subject of a manhunt this week in Brunswick and Mecklenburg counties was captured Friday by law enforcement in Hilliard, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.

Christopher Francis Be Demoranville was sought by authorities over a territory ranging from Rhode Island to Illinois. Locally, he was wanted for stalking and making threats against a Brunswick County woman and for contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Mecklenburg County.

Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts issued a statement Friday after learning of the arrest. “Christopher Demoranville has just been captured outside of Columbus, Ohio. I appreciate the assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Service in capturing the suspect.”

Roberts said afterward that Demoranville will face charges in Ohio before he can be extradited to Virginia.

Demoranville fled the area before he could be served with a warrant for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to Major Terry Edmonds of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. His alleged crimes took place while Demoranville was working as a Dominos Pizza driver in South Hill.

Shortly after he absconded, Demoranville began posting disturbing images on social media aimed at “terrorizing our victim,” his former fiancée, said Roberts.

“He’s putting out things and threatening her. He’s a real nasty guy,” said Roberts.

In addition to his alleged crimes in Virginia, Demoranville was sought by authorities on charges of conspiring to kill a judge and his own parents.

Members of a fugitive task force in Ohio located Demoranville at a big-box retail store in Hilliard around 9:30 a.m. Friday. When they tried to arrest him, he used his SUV to ram several vehicles, before escaping, police reported.

Less than 45 minutes later, police received a distress call from a nearby homeowner claiming that Demoranville had forced his way into the home at gunpoint, demanding a change of clothes and a vehicle. Local police put the neighborhood on lockdown before conducting a house-by-house search of the area.

Demoranville was found about two hours later just three blocks away. He was asleep on a couch inside the home when he was spotted by officers. A gun and drug paraphernalia were spotted nearby.

He was taken into custody and is being held in the jail in Columbus, Ohio.

Roberts said more charges are likely to be pending against Demoranville here in Virginia.

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