Man arrested after stealing armored vehicle from National Guard base

08 June, 2018, 03:49 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Stolen Tank Virginia USA Richmond Ford Pickett Interstate 95

State police said the vehicle was driven east on Route 460, and then north on Interstate 95.The distance over that route is about 60 miles.

"As of 9:40 p.m. [EDT], the driver of the armored personnel carrier had stopped the vehicle and surrendered to Virginia State Police".

Police tasered the suspect, who was identified as a military soldier, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Keeli Hill said during a news conference.

Police declined to comment on Yabut's motive for stealing the vehicle from Fort Pickett Tuesday evening. About a half-dozen Capitol Police officers with combat-style rifles were guarding the entrance to Capitol Square.

In a bond hearing by video conference today, Yabut told a judge that the National Guard was his only source of income.

Police cars can be seen trailing the vehicle as it cruised down Broad Street, according to a bystander's video posted on Twitter.

At some points the vehicle topped speeds of 45 miles per hour, but fortunately no accidents were reported.

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No crashes or injuries occurred during the incident, Geller said.

The vehicle, which is owned by the Virginia National Guard, was driven away from Fort Pickett around 7:50 p.m. Officials said the vehicle is not considered a tank.

A spokesman for the Virginia National Guard is refuting an officer's claim that he had been ordered by his brigade commander to drive an armored personnel carrier off base. He's now in state custody and charges are pending as the investigation is ongoing. He also was charged with felony counts of eluding police and unauthorized use of a vehicle. The Virginia Army National Guard is expected to release information late Wednesday about his military status.

Yabut said police shot him with a stun gun and set a dog on him before taking him into custody.

The driver finally surrendered to police in downtown Richmond, WRIC Channel 8 reports.

After multiple attempts to communicate with the vehicle's driver, the APC came to a stop near Children's Hospital of Richmond.

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