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Wanted man runs off in King George

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BY KEITH EPPS /  THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Clifton Rhines

Clifton Rhines

A man wanted on felony theft charges who appeared ready to turn himself in when he showed up at the King George County courthouse Tuesday afternoon apparently had a change of heart, police said.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Kecia Wharton said the man took off running and briefly got away. But within 16 minutes deputies found him hiding in some bushes near the courthouse.

Clifton Jamir Rhines, 22, of King George was taken into custody and served four outstanding felony warrants from Fredericksburg charging him with failing to appear in court. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Wharton said Rhines came to the courthouse about 1:20 p.m. and told Cpl. G.V. Garrettson that he may be wanted. Garrettson confirmed that Rhines was wanted in Fredericksburg and told the suspect he was under arrest.

Rhines responded by running out of the courthouse door. Deputies and detectives, along with K-9 officer Patrick Weston and his police dog Titan, responded and began looking for the fleeing suspect.

The dog tracked him behind the NAPA store across from the courthouse.

Rhines received an additional charge of escape without force in King George.

The Fredericksburg charges stem from an April 7 shoplifting incident at Walmart in Central Park, police records show.

Rhines was arrested on April 29 and charged with felony shoplifting, felony larceny, conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretenses.

Court records show that Rhines did not appear for a scheduled court hearing on July 1 in Fredericksburg General District Court. He was indicted by a city grand jury last week on the failure to appear charges.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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