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Stafford deputy and his dog nab elusive suspect

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A Stafford man accused of crimes ranging from theft to sexually abusing a juvenile was arrested early Tuesday after running from police for the second time in just over three days.

James N. King

James Natavious King, 20, was taken into custody shortly before 7 a.m. in the area of Eustace and Whitson Ridge roads in North Stafford, Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said.

Deputy Bo Truslow apprehended King with the assistance of his police dog, Xander, who bit King on the arm during the arrest.

Among the charges King faces are three counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of rape and grand larceny. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

The rape and sodomy charges involve a juvenile girl and occurred in November, Kennedy said.

King is also accused of breaking into a home in Shadow Woods subdivision last week and a vehicle on Pinnacle Lane in late December. Among the items taken from the house were jewelry, cameras and computers, Kennedy said.

Police said King is still being investigated in connection with other crimes.

According to Kennedy, a lookout was recently broadcast for King. Deputy Bradley Cook spotted him in a car shortly before 9 p.m. Friday and initiated a traffic stop.

The car pulled into a Wawa and stopped, after which the passenger got out and ran onto Eustace Road. Cook lost sight of the suspect, but charged the driver with possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license.

At 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Truslow saw King riding a bike in the same general area. He told King he was under arrest and motioned for him to come to his police cruiser, but the suspect rode off, police said. Truslow followed him and repeatedly told the suspect to stop, Kennedy said, but the man kept going until being caught by Truslow and the dog.

King received medical attention for his bites before being taken to jail.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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