TCSO: Armed robbery suspect faces charges after assaulting an officer


Tazewell County investigators say a man has been charged for assaulting an officer this afternoon. 

According to a release issued by the Tazewell County Sheriff’s office, Joshua Klimatis, of Roanoke, is being charged with assault on an officer, armed robbery, and disarming a law enforcement officer. Other charges are also pending. 

Investigators say Klimatis walked into the ABC store at Pounding Mill in Tazewell County, showed what appeared to be a handgun then left on foot. 

According to the release, a search of the area then began with officers from the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. An officer from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Virginia ABC also assisted on the scene.

During the search, investigators say a Tazewell County deputy found the suspect on side of the road and as he was arresting him, the man attacked the deputy and fled with the officer’s weapon.

According to investigators, about 40 minutes later a trooper with the West Virginia State Police spotted the vehicle and started a pursuit when the vehicle wrecked.

The suspect was taken into custody and money along with the stolen weapon was recovered.

“This is another example of the dangerous times we are living in, and I appreciate all the law enforcement agencies that worked with us today to bring a quick resolution to these crimes,” said Sheriff Brian Hieatt. 

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