More charges filed against woman accused of aiding man who fled police

Kyle Sunday

A Prince William County woman faces more charges related to the Aug. 13 pursuit of a wanted man in Strasburg who threw their child into a creek while running from police.

Kristi Ann Leitma, 27, of 2906 Martin Terrace, Haymarket, appeared Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court where she stands charged with single counts of filing a false report to law enforcement and obstruction of justice.

The charges stem from an Aug. 13 incident involving law enforcement officers who pursued Kyle Sunday by vehicle and on foot through town. The additional charges — misdemeanor counts of acting in the capacity of an accessory after the fact by assisting  Sunday, knowing he had committed a felony, and authorizing the use of a vehicle when the driver had a suspended license —  were filed Aug. 18, five days after Sunday’s arrest.

Judge Amy Tisinger ordered Leitma to remain held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Charles Ramsey represents Leitma.

A criminal complaint filed with Leitma’s new charges states that Strasburg police officer Mala Bansal spoke with the defendant at approximately 5 p.m. Aug. 13 regarding Sunday, who had fled on foot.

“(Leitma) had provided a false statement when she contacted (the emergency communications center) and stated that her vehicle had been stolen,” the complaint states. “When questioned about the incident, (Leitma) later recanted and stated that Sunday was making a purchase.

“When asked about prior criminal activity (Leitma) was able to provide specific information as to Sunday’s probation as well as other jurisdictions in which Sunday was wanted and/or on probation,” the complaint states. “Additionally, when asked as to Sunday’s license status, she stated that she did not know if he was licensed.”

Leitma also acknowledged that there was a protective order on file and that Sunday has violent tendencies, the complaint states. The officer reviewed the protective order Leitma obtained in Maryland on April 16, and it remains valid through Oct. 15. Leitma listed the 2-year-old child she and Sunday have in common as the protected party.

Strasburg police arrested Sunday, 28, also of Haymarket, on Aug. 13 after he fled from Bansal, who encountered him at an intersection in town. Bansal saw Sunday in the driver’s seat with his 2-year-old child in his lap. Sunday drove off before Bansal could execute a traffic stop. Bansal and other officers found Sunday, who took off on foot while carrying his child. Sunday tossed the child down a 15-foot embankment into a creek, prompting an officer to stop his pursuit to rescue the juvenile. Officers later found Sunday hiding in a house attic in the Madison Heights subdivision. Authorities eventually apprehended Sunday after a confrontation in the attic during which an officer’s gun discharged. An officer and Sunday fell through the ceiling during the struggle.

Police charged Sunday with felony counts of child endangerment, attempted malicious wounding, destruction of property and eluding police as a principal in the second degree, and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, driving with a revoked or suspended license as well as a safety belt violation and failing to restrain a child age 7 or under. Sunday remains held without bond at RSW Regional Jail. Sunday is scheduled to appear in the General District Court on Sept. 24. David Hensley represents Sunday.

Leitma was also charged with child endangerment and violation of a protective order.