Posted by Brandon Jarvis
Chesterfield Police are now assisting in the manhunt for Kristopher Jones, the suspect wanted for abducting another man in Petersburg and trying to get him to withdraw money from an ATM.
Police say after Jones eluded their pursuit on Wednesday, he went to the AJ Market located at 8631 River Road and tried to rob the convenience store. Police say he took off without getting any of the money.
Petersburg Police say the male victim in the abduction is safe, but his wife, 76-year-old Minnie Woodard, is still missing.
Police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing woman and have named a “person of interest” in an attempted robbery and possible abduction in Petersburg Wednesday morning. This is a bazaar story involving separate police pursuits, and a lot of parts are still moving.
“A bizarre crime that is literally still unfolding… involving multiple police pursuits, a possible abduction and a possible robbery attempt of a person at a bank,” WTVR CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil said in a live report on Facebook.
Police are saying Minnie Woodard is missing and is likely in serious need of medical attention. She resides at224 Jefferson Street. Police cruisers can be seen at her residence.
32-year-old Kristopher T. Jones of Petersburg is a “person of interest” in her disappearance and the attempted robbery of her husband. Few details were provided, but Jones was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.
It all started when officials said Woodard’s husband was driven to a bank ATM by Jones.
When Woodard could not withdraw cash from the ATM, police said the “person of interest” drove him to the couple’s bank, the Bank of America off Crater Road.
When he went inside, bank workers realized something was amiss because Woodard was distressed, officials said. Police said then Jones took off in Woodard’s SUV and multiple police pursuits began. When police arrived at the couple’s home, they found Minnie Woodard missing said they believe she is in need of immediate medical attention.
“Her husband is now talking to police detectives about what happened,” Covil said.
Petersburg Police and Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s deputies have been chasing the “person of interest” in a black four-door 2008 BMW sedan with Virginia handicap tags 435-027. The pursuit started in Petersburg, then headed toward Dinwiddie, then to Hopewell and at last check had circled back to Dinwiddie.
Anyone with information about Jones’ or Woodard’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 or Petersburg Police at 804-732-4222.
First Reported by Wayne Covil