Rockingham Chase Ends in Tragedy

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

According to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, the man that led deputies on a chase through the county Friday evening has been identified as 52-year-old Robert Worthy.

They say Worthy worked as a civilian at Sugar Grove Naval Base in West Virginia.

Deputies say, early Friday afternoon, he became violent with his estranged wife, Anessa Worthy.

A little before 4 p.m., the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office got a call from Pendleton County, West Virginia. The sheriff's office there needed some help capturing Worthy, who was headed across the state line in his black pick-up truck.

Sheriff's deputies spotted Worthy near Rawley Pike, which was when he led them on a the chase that at times reached 80 miles per hour.

"At one point, Mr. Worthy did yield and stop, but when the deputy started to exit his vehicle, he left the side of the road and continued on into Harrisonburg," says Sgt. Felicia Glick of the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.

Harrisonburg police set up a spike strips on West Market Street. Police say Worthy couldn't avoid the strips, which blew out his tires.

Worthy then turned onto Switchboard Road where he lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

"Moments after that, there was a gunshot," says Glick.

Before deputies could approach the vehicle, Worthy took his own life.

Anessa Worthy was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center.


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