Breakdown, not stakeout, nabs fugitive

A team from the U.S. Marshals Service arrived in the county on July 14 in search of a fugitive from San Diego County, Calif., staking out his house in Sperryville but failing to find him. That afternoon, Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office investigator Shawn Walters located the man — 33-year-old Victor Manuel Garcia, who was living at 40 Antique Lane in Sperryville — in a disabled vehicle stopped along Lee Highway in Sperryville. Walters said he recognized the suspect from the photo circulated by the marshals service.

Victor Manuel Garcia
Victor Manuel Garcia

By 3 p.m., Garcia was arrested by RCSO Deputy Chris Lambert on a felony warrant of arrest for extradition.

Garcia is wanted in California on charges of rape, sexual assault, corporal injury of a spouse and making terrorist threats. Arraigned July 15, Garcia, who waived extradition rights, was being held at RSW Regional Jail awaiting transport to California.

Deputy Lambert also arrested 23-year-old Stephanie R. Taylor of Manassas on Sunday (July 20) and charge her with reckless driving, after the motorcyclist was clocked traveling more than 80 mph in a 55 mph zone on U.S. 211 westbound. Taylor’s district court hearing is Sept. 9. The day before, Thomas W. McFarland, 43, of Washington was arrested by Deputy M.C. Dodson and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (the third offense in 10 years, and thus a felony) and driving with a revoked license. Held without bail, McFarland was awaiting arraignment this week at RSW Regional Jail.

On July 9, Sheriff Connie C. Smith said deputies were dispatched to a home at 30 Rolling Hill Lane for the report of an intoxicated person and an altercation; on arrival, they found evidence of both, and arrested 28-year-old Michael J. Vanryn of Winona, Minn.

Vanryn, a musician attending the nearby Castleton Festival, was charged with malicious wounding, a felony, and with damaging property valued at less than $1,000. Held without bond at RSW Regional Jail, he was arraigned the next day and has a hearing in district court Sept. 16.

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