After manhunt, man arrested, charged with shooting wife, murdering her boyfriend

Police arrest woman's estranged husband wanted for murdering her boyfriend
Joshua M. Federico (Source: Source: Chesterfield Police Dept.)
Joshua M. Federico (Source: Source: Chesterfield Police Dept.)
Lawrence J. Howell (Source: Chesterfield Police Dept.)
Lawrence J. Howell (Source: Chesterfield Police Dept.)
Police block the entrance to the home. (Source: NBC12)
Police block the entrance to the home. (Source: NBC12)
A Chesterfield water rescue team was on scene. (Source: NBC12)
A Chesterfield water rescue team was on scene. (Source: NBC12)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Authorities have arrested a woman's estranged husband who was wanted for the murder of her boyfriend after human remains were found in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield police responded to the 13700 block of Hull Street Road for a reported sighting of Joshua M. Federico on Sunday around 11:21 a.m. Sunday.

Over the next several hours, several sighting reports around the Deer Run community came into police.

Around 1 p.m., Federico was seen wearing dark pants and no shirt leaving Publix, sparking a large manhunt that lasted for several hours.

Chesterfield Police had set up mobile command in the parking lot of Publix. Officials searched the area from the ground and sky, going door-to-door with K-9 units trying to find Federico. Helicopters were also used in the search.

Federico was taken into custody in 7900 block of Spring Run Road at an abandoned house without incident. He is being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond and will likely make his first court appearance on Monday.

No officers were injured.

Chesterfield Police was assisted by the Virginia State Police, Richmond City Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), FBI, and the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

"They drew their guns, went into my shed, walked around behind my garage and they were searching pretty hard," Charles Brown said.

The Deer Run neighborhood was on a virtual lockdown as authorities went door-to-door tracking Federico based on calls from the community.

Police say Federico shot the woman around 3:30 a.m. Friday. While police could not say Federico's wife's current condition, they did confirm that she was talking and awake.

A $5,000 reward was offered by the U.S. Marshals for any information leading to his arrest.

Police remained on the scene in the 13700 block of Second Branch Road and in the 12300 block of Black Road for several hours Friday. The incident closed Black Road between River and Winterpock roads.

Federico, who lives at the home on Black Road, is also charged for malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to the shooting.

Police found human remains on a property adjacent to Federico's residence and believe them to be those of Lawrence J. Howell, the woman's boyfriend.

Police say Howell lived in the home on Second Branch Road.

Police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.

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