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Virginia fugitive apprehended in Spafford

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that a Virginia fugitive was apprehended early Thursday morning after several local police agencies receive information from Virginia Beach Police.

Wednesday afternoon, July 15, the Onondaga County 911 Center received information from the Virginia Beach police that a Matthew R. Nash, 24, of Virginia, was wanted in connection with an abduction and car jacking that occurred on Wednesday morning in the Virginia Beach area.

It was reported that Nash had stolen a Honda Odyssey from a woman pumping gas while her 1 1/2 -year-old child was strapped in a carseat. The toddler was found a short time later in a parking lot in the Newport News are and returned to her mother.

Virginia authorities suspected that Nash, who is originally from the Syracuse area, would return to Onondaga County and shared this information with the Onondaga 911 Center to forward to police. Several police agencies including the towns of Camillus and

Marcellus police departments, the City of Syracuse Police Department, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police Department began checking several potential locations.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., Syracuse Police spotted the stolen vehicle in the Route 81/Brighton Avenue area, however were unable to execute a traffic stop. A short time later, Sheriff's Lt. Fred Corey attempted to stop the stolen vehicle after locating it in the

LaFayette area. The pursuit was discontinued due to Nash's reckless actions and excessive speed.

A short time later, Camillus Police Department developed information that Nash was in the Otisco Lake area, in the town of Spafford.

Patrol units flooded the area and within minutes located the stolen vehicle abandoned on Becker Road. The Sheriff's Air-1 helicopter also responded to the area and at approximately 4:40 a.m., located the suspect in a wooded area approximately one mile off Route 41.

Deputy Kevin Drumm apprehended Nash without incident with the assistance from the Camillus Police and State Troopers. Nash was subsequently charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and several vehicle and traffic charges related to the pursuit including the unlawfully fleeing police.

Nash is expected to be arraigned in Spafford Town Court and will be held for extradition by Virginia authorities.

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