Suspects arrested, gun recovered after North Stafford pursuit
From the Stafford Sheriff’s Office:
Two subjects were arrested Thursday afternoon after fleeing a fight in progress call in Garrison Woods and leading deputies on a pursuit through North Stafford.
At 12:33 p.m., deputies responded to Garrison Woods subdivision for a report of a fight in progress. The complainant reported a subject was trying to break into an apartment and was armed with a knife or gun. The suspect got into a black Acura and attempted to flee the scene. Deputy J.A. Hinson met the Acura as he entered the subdivision and attempted a traffic stop. Instead of complying with the traffic stop, the driver accelerated around the deputy and initiated a pursuit.
The pursuit continued along Barrett Heights Road to Garrisonville Road and then turned onto Eustace Road. The driver failed to obey traffic signs, signals, and speed limits as he continued his attempt to evade law enforcement. The suspect turned into Autumn Ridge subdivision where he and the passenger abandoned the vehicle on Blue Spruce Circle. Both then fled into the woods on-foot.
Deputy B.U. Demirci and K-9 Titan responded and quickly tracked down the first suspect. He was taken into custody without incident. He has been identified as Phillip Archer, 35, of Lorton. He was the passenger in the vehicle and had thrown an item out of the vehicle during the pursuit at the intersection of Eustace Road and Cabin Court. Deputies recovered a loaded Taurus .38 revolver in the intersection. This was especially alarming since it occurred around school dismissal time and a child could have easily found the gun.
Deputy Layug and K-9 Lobo also responded and began tracking in the area. During the track, the driver of the vehicle was located walking along Eustace Road. He was also taken into custody without incident. After providing false identification information, he was ultimately identified as Jamel Pettway, 34, of Stafford.
The initial investigation revealed Archer was attempting to break into an apartment to exact revenge for an earlier assault. Archer was charged with attempted breaking and entering while armed, use of a firearm during a felony, and resisting arrest. He was treated for injuries he sustained from the earlier assault and then transported to the Rappahannock Regional Jail where he was held without bond. Pettway was charged with felony eluding, providing false identification to law enforcement, reckless driving, and several traffic violations. Pettway was released by the magistrate on a $5,000 unsecure bond, so no booking photo is available.
Thank you to everyone in the community that provided information to help locate these suspects and the weapon. We are grateful for your assistance in capturing the suspects and keeping the loaded firearm from falling into the wrong hands.