Traffic stop fugitive captured, turned over to immigration officials

Daily staff report

Law enforcement officials took a man into custody and turned him over to immigration officials after he eluded them on foot in the New Market area for several hours Thursday night.

Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler reported that the man, Jesus Rivera, 38, fled after state police Special Agent J.L. Aikens stopped a vehicle Rivera was riding in around 3:15 p.m. Aikens stopped the vehicle, which was traveling northbound on Interstate 81 around mile marker 266, for a suspected equipment violation, Tyler said.

After fleeing from the traffic stop, Rivera was spotted again around 4:30 p.m. near the New Market battlefield, Tyler said. Tracking dogs from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and state police joined the search, Tyler said.

New Market police found and arrested Rivera at 11 p.m. around exit 264 off of I-81 after receiving unspecified information on his whereabouts, according to Tyler.

Tyler reported that Rivera and the driver of the vehicle, Nerys Martinez, 26, were turned over to officials from Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

Tyler said no information was available on their immigration status. He said both men are from “somewhere” in Central America.