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Culpeper fugitive back in custody

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Horace T. Owens Jr.

Horace T. Owens Jr.

A man accused of breaking into a Culpeper County home on July 7 and assaulting three occupants is now in custody.

United States marshals arrested Horace T. Owens Jr. late Friday at a motel in Richmond, according to the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office.

Acting on a tip, the marshals located Owens and watched him enter one motel and then leave minutes later. They followed him to a second motel and found him with a woman, Mary Cloniger, who was also wanted by authorities, the Sheriff’s Office said.

When marshals entered the room they found Owens hiding between a bed and a wall, the Sheriff’s Office said, and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Owens, a Culpeper native, faces abduction, breaking and entering with the intent to commit robbery, attempt to commit a noncapital offense, and assault and battery charges in the July 7 incident.

He is also wanted in Stafford, Warren, Culpeper and Fairfax counties on unrelated charges.

He was arrested on May 6 in Stafford and wound up in the Rappahannock–Warren Regional Jail near Front Royal with bail denied in all four counties.

He was transferred to the Fauquier County jail on June 10 for a hearing on still other charges in that jurisdiction. There, apparently unaware of his no-bail status in the other counties, a judge granted Owens a $10,000 bond, which he made.

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office released Owens five days later.

Authorities at the Front Royal jail were apparently unaware of Owens’ release until Culpeper officials contacted the facility after he failed to show for a July 7 court date.

That same night, he is accused of entering a Boston home about 11:30 p.m., and, after demanding money, assaulting three occupants, including a 14-year-old boy.

Two days later, authorities say, he slipped through an all-day Reva-area manhunt.

Both Owens and Cloniger, who is wanted in Culpeper for failing to appear at a court hearing, are now being held without bond in the Culpeper County jail.

“I am grateful for the relentless work of the detectives of my office as well as the United States marshals in locating Owens,” said Sheriff Scott Jenkins. “We have apprehended a dangerous fugitive, which should provide some comfort for the victims of his crimes and the citizens of Culpeper County.”

Donnie Johnston:

djohnston@freelancestar.com

 

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