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Fugitive crashes during chase
A man initially charged with stealing scrap metal and car batteries in Caroline County last week is in custody on 18 more counts.
Alfred Schwartz, 35, is being held without bond in Richmond City Jail on 15 felony and misdemeanor charges from Caroline County, three felony charges from Richmond and for a Florida charge of violating his parole.
Caroline Sgt. Travis Nutter said when Schwartz was jailed in Caroline County last week, he used a fake identity, but deputies did not realize that until after he was released on bond.
He said when they realized the error, they notified the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.
The task force discovered that Schwartz was living in a trailer on a Richmond church’s property and went to arrest him.
But when they got there, Schwartz was getting into his truck and a chase ensued, Nutter said.
The 7-mile chase ended when, police say, Schwartz crashed his truck near the intersection of Chippenham Parkway and Hull Street Road in Richmond.
Richmond police officers who are on the U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force then arrested Schwartz.
Police found a 13-month-old child and a 6-month-old child in the truck with him, Nutter said. Both children are his.
They were taken to Chippenham Medical Center as a precaution but had no visible injuries. They were later released to their mother, Nutter said.
Schwartz faces the following charges:
From Caroline County: one felony count of burglary, one felony count of possessing burglary tools, three felony counts of forging a public record, one felony count of failing to appear in court, one felony count of perjury, two misdemeanor counts of identity theft, two misdemeanor counts of providing a false I.D. to police, one misdemeanor count of larceny, one misdemeanor count of obstructing justice, one misdemeanor count of trespassing and one misdemeanor count of providing false I.D. to avoid arrest.
From Richmond: one felony count of eluding police and two felony counts child endangerment.
Schwartz was also wanted by Nassau County, Fla., on a parole violation with an underlying charge of grand theft auto.
Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413