ABINGDON, VA (WJHL) – Abingdon Police have captured a Russell County, Virginia fugitive with the help of social media. Authorities say investigators located a vehicle being used by 34-year-old Joshua Derek Brown. Investigators parked a a short distance from the vehicle and monitored the area.
Around 12:30 PM on Saturday, detectives say they observed a white male, who matched the description of the fugitive Joshua Brown exit a residence in the 800 block of Edgemont North Street.
Reports say officers positioned themselves in the neighborhood and observed Brown coming out of an apartment and walk to the apartment’s mailbox. Officers approached Brown and took him into custody without incident.
Police say Brown has evaded police since Sunday, March 27th, 2016, when he was approached by an officer responding to a drinking in public call in the 300 block of Stanley Street. When the contact officer ran a wanted check on Mr. Brown, he fled on foot in an attempt to avoid capture on an outstanding capias from Russell County, Virginia.
Investigators began monitoring Brown’s social media accounts and noticed that he was actively posting pictures from the Abingdon area, and making references to his extraordinary ability to evade capture. In one of the posts, Investigator’s noticed a photograph of Brown seated in a vehicle with unique stripes on the hood. This is the vehicle that Investigator Austin found, leading to Brown’s capture.
Brown is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail and served with an outstanding capias from Russell County, Virginia, and a warrant for Obstruction of Justice from the March 27th, 2016 incident.
Brown remains in jail under a secure bond.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.