Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Escaped Felon Apprehended after Barricade Incident
A suspect wanted for escaping from a work release program last week and robbing a bank in Pennsylvania was taken into custody today after barricading himself inside a room at the Thomas Jefferson Motel on Augustine Avenue.
Shortly after 12:00 pm on March 15, the Fredericksburg Police Department received information from detectives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania that a subject wanted for escape from work release was believed to be in the vicinity of the bus station at 1400 Jefferson Davis Hwy. The Pennsylvania detectives emailed a photo and other information concerning the 25-year-old fugitive, Michael Hamilton, to detectives in Fredericksburg, and flyers displaying that information were shown to employees of businesses in the area.
At 2:15 pm, the clerk of the Thomas Jefferson Motel at 1901 Augustine Avenue called police to report that a man matching the image on the flyer had just checked in to one of the motel rooms. Officers responded and confirmed that Hamilton was in the room, then called out the Special Equipment and Tactical Team (SETT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team when it became apparent that Hamilton would not immediately surrender.
Negotiators quickly established contact with Hamilton by phone and gave him instructions on how to safely surrender to police.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office also assisted the operation by providing their armored vehicle for protective cover and tactical support. A secure perimeter was maintained throughout the incident, traffic was diverted from the vicinity, and Hamilton was contained within the confines of the motel room at all times until he walked out of the room and gave himself up to the waiting SETT members at 4:25 pm. Hamilton was unarmed.
Hamilton was immediately taken to Police Headquarters for questioning and approximately ten minutes after arriving, he began to show an altered level of consciousness. Hamilton was transported to Mary Washington Hospital by ambulance, and he is currently in critical condition from a presumed heroin overdose.
Hamilton is a fugitive from Pennsylvania on charges of escape from Montgomery County, PA on March 9, 2012 and multiple charges related to a bank robbery that occurred in Radnor Township, PA on March 13, 2012. It is believed that he has relatives in the Fredericksburg area.