WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012
900 block Jefferson Davis Hwy, 12/11 11:55 p.m. Officer Ryan Merrell attempted to pull over a
black Mitsubishi after the vehicle ran through the red light at Jefferson Davis Highway and
College Avenue. The driver of the Mitsubishi, later identified as Tavaras Walls, 38, pulled into
the parking lot of Stratford Square Apartments, abandoned the car, and ran. Officer Merrell
pursued on foot across the parking lot and quickly caught up with the driver to take him into
custody. As the officer placed his hands on the fleeing driver to detain him, Walls stepped over a
low brick ledge and plunged approximately twelve feet down a sheer vertical embankment,
taking Merrell with him.
Another officer arrived on the scene and found both Walls and Merrell lying at the foot of the
Walls was transported to Mary Washington Hospital by ambulance with non life-threatening
injuries. He was released from the hospital this morning and incarcerated without bond at the
Rappahannock Regional Jail under the following charges: running a red light, eluding, DUI (4th
offense), driving with a revoked license while intoxicated, and possession of marijuana. A
search warrant was obtained and executed on Walls while he was in the emergency room to
allow for the collection of blood evidence.
Officer Merrell was transported to the hospital in a police vehicle. Merrell, 26, suffered non lifethreatening
injuries from his fall and it is currently unknown when he will be able to return to
CVS, 591 Jefferson Davis Hwy, 12/10 8:25 a.m. An employee reported that a male subject
walked out without paying for the basket full of items he was carrying. The suspect was
described as a black male in his 50s with a gray beard and wearing a black ball cap with a
Redskins logo on it. The investigation is ongoing.
Two Times New, 2028 Plank Rd, 12/8 – 12/10 2:00 p.m. A vendor reported that items were
stolen from her display case in the consignment shop. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
200 block Duke St, 12/10 – 12/11 5:15 p.m. A resident reported that prescription medications
were stolen from the home. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
Rocking Horse Gallery, 803 Caroline St, 12/11 4:20 p.m. An employee reported that cash was
stolen from the register while she was assisting a customer. The investigation is ongoing.
300 block William St, 12/11 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. A construction manager reported that three
traffic cones were stolen from his work site. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
300 block Central Rd, 12/9 – 12/11 9:00 a.m. The manager of Trolley Tours reported that fuel
was stolen on two occasions from trolleys that were parked in a holding lot. No suspects or
witnesses at this time.
Paul’s Bakery, 2008 Lafayette Blvd, 12/11 6:40 a.m. The manager reported that employees
heard glass breaking and discovered damage to the front window of the business. An
employee’s vehicle in the parking lot was also found to have two broken windows. The damage
was apparently caused by BB shot. The investigation is ongoing.
Gold’s Gym, 2380 Plank Rd, 12/11 9:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. A patron reported that an unknown
person cut one of the tires on his vehicle in an apparent attempt to remove the tire from the rim.
No suspects or witnesses at this time.
Christopher Moore, 33, of no fixed address was arrested on a warrant from Spotsylvania
charging him with failure to appear in court.
Patrick King, 23, of Stafford was arrested for possession of marijuana.
Patrick Ours, 25, of Stafford was arrested for possession of marijuana