Son of Virginia Beach murder victim arrested in NYC

Mugshot of Jay Twyman from 2015 arrest for threat to kill/injure. (Photo courtesy: Norfolk Police)
Mugshot of Jay Twyman from 2015 arrest for threat to kill/injure. (Photo courtesy: Norfolk Police)

NEW YORK CITY (WAVY) — A man was arrested in New York City for being a fugitive from Virginia.

Sgt. Brendan Ryan with the New York Police Department says James “Jay” Twyman II was taken into custody around 9:53 a.m. Wednesday in the 420 block of Park Avenue. An officer was looking to write Twyman a parking ticket and ran the vehicle’s license plates only to find that the car had been reported stolen.

The officer also found that Twyman was wanted for a probation violation in Virginia for an August 2015 charge of threatening to kill or injure by letter. On October 21, 2015, Twyman was indicted by a grand jury and he pleaded guilty that December. He served some time in jail for the offense, but was given a three-year sentence which was all suspended. He was then placed on a five year probation. His attorney in that matter, Mike Fasanaro, confirmed this information to WAVY News 10. Fasanaro also told 10 On Your Side Twyman was undergoing mental health counseling, but would not go into details.

Twyman is listed as a relative of 72-year-old Olive G. Twyman, who was found dead in her Virginia Beach home early Sunday morning. The medical examiner says the cause of death was a sharp cut to the neck.

A neighbor didn’t want to be identified, but she says you couldn’t find a kinder, and more gentle woman than Olive Twyman.

“She’s just a nice lady. She has been here a long time. She’s as nice as they come.”

Here’s where it gets interesting. After Jay Twyman remained missing Wednesday, Norfolk Circuit Court Judge Everett Martin signed a probation violation capias (capias is defined as ‘bring me the body’) because it is believed Twyman had possibly left the area, which would be in violation of conditions of probation.

It’s not clear what time exactly the capias was filed, but shortly after it was filed, in New York City, police found Jay Twyman dozing off in an illegally parked car. Police not only determined the car is stolen, Twyman’s wanted fugitive status popped up too.

Inside the car, police also find Olive Twyman’s missing dog.

Before staying with his mother, Jay Twyman lived in an apartment on Lands End Way in Virginia Beach with friends across the street from Mary Dobbins.

“They were always outside smoking cigarettes. They had a couple of dogs, always had the doors open. I always thought they didn’t have electricity because they were always outside.”

When WAVY’s Andy Fox showed Dobbins the Twyman mug shot from the threatening to kill case, she hadn’t realized he was the son of Olive Twyman.

“Oh that’s scary for me. I was over here with my daughters, and yes it is scary.”

Jay Twyman remains in custody in New York. Extradition is a process, but he will be returned to Norfolk for the probation violation.

Virginia Beach police will only say that all possible avenues are still considered, they have not charged Twyman, and they are in touch with the Twyman family.