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Stafford Alert

Suspect Arrested following Disturbance with a Weapon at Stafford Business
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By Public Information Officer Amanda Vicinanzo
June 25, 2018

Stafford, VA. Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect on Thursday night following a disturbance with a weapon at a local business and a subsequent pursuit in the area of Warrenton Road in the southern end of the county.

On June 22, 2018, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Deputy Ryan Philippsen responded to a call regarding a reported suspicious person with a weapon in the area of Tires and More located at 372 Warrenton Road. The caller advised that a male subject pulled a firearm on one of the employees at the shop and subsequently left the scene in a dark vehicle.

While enroute, Deputy Steven Kellam advised Deputy Philippsen that the suspect vehicle just passed him near the Interstate 95 interchange. The vehicle was being erratic and traveling at a high rate of speed. A pursuit ensued in the area of McLane Drive.

In the area of the Wendy’s located at 588 Warrenton Road, the suspect vehicle stopped abruptly and made a right turn into a ditch in front of the restaurant. The driver quickly exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Deputies Philippsen, Nicolas Stachurski, and Nathan Potter gave chase and apprehended the suspect near the Super Value Inn located at 594 Warrenton Road. The suspect was identified as Leroy Vernoise Dorsey, 40, of Stafford. He told deputies he fled because his license was suspended. A search of the vehicle yielded a BB gun with a safety cap painted black.

Deputies later learned from a witness at the scene of Tires and More that the suspect had pointed what appeared to be a firearm at the victim’s head and demanded one hundred dollars. The witness also observed Dorsey punching the victim in the head.

Dorsey was incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail and is charged with use of a firearm in commission of a felony, eluding police, conspiracy, assault and battery, brandishing a firearm, and driving with a suspended license.

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