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UPDATE: Jewelry heist suspect Eric Roach appears in court

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico police are calling it the most intensive manhunt in the department's history. The man at the center of it all made his first court appearance today.

This is what 40-year-old Eric Roach looked like shortly after police took him into custody last night. He's being held without bond at Henrico County's Jail tonight.

The chief says he had cleared his calendar and was planning for a long weekend when jewelry heist suspect Eric Roach was spotted by officers around 10:00 Thursday night.

Roach appeared before a judge on video conference Friday morning. He said very little, appeared calm and still sported that infamous beard.  

After more than 58 hours on the run, Eric Roach, in a white tee shirt and his underwear, was picked up by police on the train tracks off Beulah Road...not far from where he was originally seen by police jumping out of a car.

"I don't know what forced him out, but I can tell you I spent a number of hours out there the night of the search and I went home with a lot of mosquito bites," Henrico Police Chief Douglas Middleton said.

Police believe Roach is one of the men in surveillance video, tying up employees and robbing a jewelry store in James City County.

Court documents show police believe Roach was driving the get-away car before he bailed into the woods. They think his alleged accomplice, Basil Berry, was the one who fired on officers. Berry was shot by police in the head and chest. He died Thursday, and three officers are now on desk duty.

"Everytime there is a police officer involved shooting than there's an investigation into that shooting done and it's reviewed by my office, and we're in the process of that right now," said Henrico County Commonwealth's Attorney Wade Kizar. 

That investigation into the police shooting is expected to take several weeks. As for Eric Roach, he's facing 7 felony charges...two in Henrico involving the police chase and five others stemming from the James City County robbery.

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