Wythe Co. fugitive behind bars




CARROLL COUNTY – Fugitive Cheston A Stoneman was taken into custody Wednesday night, 10 days after he injured a Wythe Co. Sheriff’s Deputy and swam away in the New River.

Stoneman, 32, was apprehended by members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Virginia State Police, and Wythe Co. Sheriff’s Department around 8:10 p.m. According to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff John Gardner, he was found at a residence off of Joy Ranch Road after the office received a tip that he would be there.

The Hillsville man had been at large since the early morning hours of April 27, when deputies found him and three others trespassing on a property in Wythe Co. Stoneman fled when the officers approached them, prompting Deputy Zach Puckett to chase after him.

Once the deputy caught up with him by the riverside, Stoneman pulled out a knife and slashed Puckett’s hand, and dove into the New River to swim to his escape immediately afterward.

Stoneman was arrested on warrants from the April 27 incident, including the malicious wounding of Puckett, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was also served with warrants from Carroll County for probation violations on six previous felony convictions, Gardner said.

Stoneman is currently being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

The two others with Stoneman on April 27 were arrested that night for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and giving a false report to a law enforcement officer. The third, a 16-year-old girl from Galax, was not charged.



One Response to Wythe Co. fugitive behind bars

  1. Va Girl

    May 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Well, he didn’t drowned after all. Glad they got him.

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