Man Wanted in Virginia Double Homicide Surrenders in Tahoka

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Amos Jacob Arroyo

A man wanted for shooting his ex-girlfriend and her father to death in Virginia in 2017 turned himself over to law enforcement in Tahoka.

Officials with the U.S. Marshals said Thursday that Amos Jacob Arroyo was in the custody of the Lynn County Sheriff’s Office in Tahoka, Texas.

Three weeks after a nationwide media campaign, a man charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend and her father is in custody. Amos Jacob Arroyo, 32, had been on the run for six months before turning himself in to police in Texas late Wednesday.

“Around 6:15 p.m. July 30, Newport News police responded to reports of a shooting at a trailer on York River Lane. Patricia Joseph and her father Jessie Barnes were killed as a result of the shooting. Joseph is Arroyo’s ex-girlfriend and is the mother of their two children who were present in the trailer at the time of the murders. Arroyo was identified and charged as the suspect, and the U.S. Marshals were asked for assistance in tracking Arroyo down,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.

Investigators says Arroyo’s car was abandoned 500 miles away from the murder site in a Walmart parking lot off Interstate 95 in Georgia.

Surveillance images of Arroyo in the Walmart the day after the shooting were released last month — along with an image of Arroyo at a gas station 11 minutes before the murders and a photo from 2015.

Police in 2017 took out warrants for two counts of first-degree murder and other related charges against Arroyo.

(Information from WAVY)

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