PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - A three-day police search for a Prince George man came to an end Wednesday morning after he tried to break into an occupied home, police said.
Victor Starr, 35, is now charged with several felonies, including two counts of breaking and entering, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Joyce and Drake Bonner were home when they heard a broom fall on their back porch.
"I came to the back door and saw a guy turn around and start to run away," said Drake Bonner. "I guess he figured the broom would make some noise when it fell."
Bonner then called police. Officers say they found Starr several hours later about an hour away from the Bonner's home.
Prince George County police and Virginia State Police embarked on an intense search for Starr Sunday after his estranged wife called authorities. She reported a gunshot around 11 a.m. Family members were afraid he might take his own life and police believed he might have been armed. Police describe Starr as dealing with depression.
Prince George and State police blocked off Millpond Road Sunday, not allowing even residents returning home to enter. Dozens of officers and K-9 units searched for Starr.
However, Tuesday morning they were able to find him on Millpond Road, not far from his home. Police say he tried to break in to a home across the street from his own house around 7:00 a.m. The residents inside called police and a bloodhound tracked down Starr where he was hiding behind a log.