Charges dropped in arson case

WOODSTOCK – Charges that include arson, burglary to commit rape and larceny against a Harrisonburg man were dropped on Friday.

Shenandoah County Commonweath Attorney Amanda Wiseley dropped the charges against Edward Lee Roadcap Jr., 56, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court until the commonwealth can access key evidence from Rockingham County files. She said the commonwealth can choose to reinstate the charges as it pleases.

Brad Pollock, Roadcap’s attorney, said he doesn’t expect to see the charges return.

“I’d be a little surprised if they brought the charges back,” he said. “There’s just no solid evidence against him.”

In an interview after the hearing, Roadcap said despite some bitterness, he’s glad the matter is behind him.

“Given this went on through two years, there’s no way I can’t have a bad taste in my mouth,” he said. “But besides that, I won’t malign or disrespect anybody. But by the grace of God I made it, and I’m grateful for that.”

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office charged Roadcap in July 2015 in an incident that occurred in October 2014. Deputies charged him with the arson of an occupied dwelling, burglary to commit rape, two counts of the destruction of property, grand larceny and firearm larceny.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred at the 100 block of Pheasant Ridge Road in which the property sustained $25,000 worth of damage as the result of gas being poured on materials throughout the interior of the residence.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com.