Suspect in Petersburg abduction, robbery case arrested in Norfolk

Kristopher Jones (Photo: Norfolk City Jail)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY/WRIC) — A man wanted for an abduction and robbery case out of Petersburg was arrested Thursday morning in Norfolk, according to police.

Kristopher T. Jones, 32, was taken into custody around 10:15 a.m. on North Military Highway, outside a Lowe’s near Military Circle Mall. Norfolk Lowe's

WAVY sister station WRIC 8News reported that the victim in this case is a pastor in the Petersburg area, and was identified as Alfred Woodard.

Woodard reportedly told Petersburg Police that he was forced into his car — a 2008 black BMW 7 series — at his home by a light-skinned black male who had a gun.

The man forced him to drive to Dinwiddie County and get money from an ATM, but the machine would not provide money, so Woodard then was forced to drive to a Bank of America in Petersburg, police said.

According to police, Woodard was able to alert staff at the Bank of America. The suspect — who was later identified as Jones — then drove away in Woodard’s car, police said.

The BMW was later located, and a police chase ensued through Petersburg and into Dinwiddie County, but Jones was able to escape police and had been last seen in Dinwiddie before his arrest in Norfolk, police said.

Christopher Leuer with the U.S. Marshals said Norfolk and Virginia Beach fugitive units assisted in taking Jones into custody. Officers found the BMW parked at a Lowe’s Home Improvement on Military Highway.

“Once we had officers respond, we did observe Kristopher Jones standing near the vehicle. As we were getting officers and multiple vehicles set up into position, he did catch on that there were vehicles around. He immediately got behind the driver’s seat, closed his door, and before he was able to pull off, we did have his vehicle blocked in before he was able to drive away,” Leuer said.

Photo courtesy: NBC12
Photo courtesy: NBC12

Petersburg police said Wednesday they were unable to find the victim’s wife, Minnie Woodard, who was reportedly in need of medical attention. She was not found in the BMW when Jones was arrested, Marshals confirmed with 10 On Your Side.

Police said they discovered Jones’ girlfriend dead inside an apartment near the couple’s Petersburg home, following a welfare check. Petersburg police have not connected her death to the investigation into Jones.

Investigators said Jones has been cooperative and gave them information which led to the discovery of a woman’s body in Chesterfield late Thursday afternoon. The location was near a store where police believe Jones attempted a robbery, officers said. The Medical Examiner is working to identify the body.

Jones was booked into the Norfolk City Jail around 5:00 p.m. He’s charged with two counts of abduction, attempted robbery, larceny, carjacking and disregarding police commands to stop endangerment.

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office says Jones will remain in their jail until Petersburg authorities come and pick him up Monday morning.

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