John Wesley Jefferies/Photo: Fredericksburg Police Department
John Wesley Jeffries was taken into custody in the 2000 block of Lafayette Boulevard in Fredericksburg, at the home of a friend on Wednesday afternoon. He was apprehended by members of the Safe Streets Task Force, made up of law enforcement officials from Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Virginia State Police, and FBI.
Jeffries is in the custody of Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office and was transported from the scene by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital. Fredericksburg Police say he was not injured during the arrest.
He has been wanted for questioning in the deaths of a from fauquier County. They are identified as 80 year old Nelson Slack and his 74 year old wife, Ethel.
Their vehicle was found on Lafayette Boulevard Sunday afternoon.
Police spent nearly 3 days looking for the 60 year old, who was believed to be armed and dangerous. Jeffries has also been wanted on warrants related to family abuse charges in Spotsylvania County. He previously served 13 years in prison for a number of charges including rape and sodomy.
He is also wanted as a person of interest in an assault off MeadowView Drive last Saturday night. A resident was taking out the trash when he saw a man in his yard. The resident yelled for him to identify himself and the suspect puched him back into the house. The victim then fought back and struck the man in the head with his handheld oxygen machine. It allowed him to escape to a neighbor's house and call 911. When Fredericksburg Police arrived, the suspect was gone, but he matches Jeffries description.