Fugitives captured in Front Royal

Authorities captured two fugitives late Friday in an apartment in Front Royal after a highway chase.

Capt. Wes Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said deputies, along with Front Royal Police Department officers, found Chad Robinson, 24, and Keri Joe Baker, 20, hiding in an apartment on the 100 block of Cloud Street around 8 p.m.

“I believe they did not go willingly, they were actually hiding in the residence, trying to avoid capture,” Dellinger said of the arrest. “The residence had to be searched, internally, with permission of the owner.”

Dellinger said the apartment belonged to a relative of one of the suspects.

Henrico County authorities already had warrants out for Robinson’s arrest when he was stopped Thursday by a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office. Dellinger said Baker helped Robinson escape from detention. Robinson then fled from officers, making it into West Virginia where authorities ended the pursuit.

As a result of the chase, Robinson has been charged with two counts of eluding law enforcement, assault on a law enforcement officer, hit and run driving, and driving on a suspended license. These charges are in addition to his current Henrico County charges of auto theft and vandalism.

Baker has also been charged with eluding a law enforcement officer.

Officers with the Front Royal Police Department could not be reached for comment.

Robinson is being held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond. Baker has since been released on a $5000 secured bail.

This story was updated Tuesday afternoon with more information on Baker’s bond status. Additionally, an earlier version of the story stated the two were caught in West Virginia. They were caught in Front Royal.

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

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