UPDATE: Murder suspect apprehended in Henrico after long standoff

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A man is in custody after a daylong standoff in Henrico County. Tonight police confirm the man inside was wanted in connection with an early morning homicide in south Richmond. That fatal stabbing of a woman happened at the Midlothian Village Apartments just before six a.m.

All day the road, leading up to Telegraph Run Lane was blocked off. Police were everywhere keeping residents at bay. After nearly 10 hours Henrico police took 22 year old Moses Pernall Jones Jr. into custody.

"He had been in the house, and after a lengthy negotiation, approximately 8 hours, he eventually just gave up and walked out without incident," said Lt. Eric Owens, Henrico Police Department.

It all started around 6:30 Friday morning, when Henrico police were attempting to locate Jones in connection with a Richmond homicide. Tips, brought officers to a home on the 9400 block of Telegraph Run Lane.

"Immediately after officers arrived on the scene we realized he was not coming out. He refused to come out and a perimeter was then established," said Owens.

Police aren't saying if Jones had weapons, but we spotted fire trucks, the Richmond police SWAT team, a state police armored vehicle and dozens of police officers.

"There were family members in the house, but they were not hostages," Owens said.

Down the street police blocked the road leading up to the house along with several others. Resident Scott McDermott was worried his son's school bus wouldn't make it in.

"I'm really glad. I thought that maybe they'd go back to school and call the parents or something like that," McDermott said.

The Henrico school system says officers were placed on buses, another escorted it through the neighborhood...other walked students to their homes. Scott moved in two months ago never thinking he'd have to explain all this to his young son.

"I guess it could happen anywhere," he said.

Police aren't saying if Jones faces charges in Henrico. As for this morning's murder, Richmond police say more details will be released, now that the standoff is over. Neighborhood roads should all be open by now.

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