Buena Vista manhunt ends; suspects in custody

Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 12:27 PM EST
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BUENA VISTA, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: Three men are in custody after a manhunt following a break-in at a house in Buena Vista.

The Buena Vista Police Department was dispatched just before 11 a.m. Thursday to a home on West 4th Street in Buena Vista, saying three men were reported to have broken into a house and then run away.

Buena Vista Public Schools were put on lockdown and residents were asked to shelter in place while police searched for the men.

Police say by 11 a.m., two of the three men were caught near West 4th Street. The search for the last man continued until after 4 p.m., when he was caught and the shelter in place was lifted.

Police are still investigating the case and they thank the Buena Vista Sheriff’s Office, Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and citizens for their cooperation and support.

ORIGINAL STORY: Residents in the area of 4th St. and Linden Avenue in the City of Buena Vista are being asked to remain inside their homes until further notice.

Police are looking for a Black male wearing a black hoodie and green pants who was seen heading west on foot.

Anyone who sees someone matching this description is asked to notify the Rockbridge Communications Center by dialing 911.

Residents are also asked to secure vehicles and homes.

All Buena Vista Public Schools were on lockdown with shelter in place, with no one allowed in or out of the schools until further notice. The school district said this was “due to a robbery in the community,” and students were dismissed shortly before 3 p.m. with parents asked to pick students up.