Woman accused of killing three roommates is arrested after high-speed chase

A 23-year-old woman accused of killing three of her roommates, all in their 60s and 70s, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, was arrested Thursday after a high-speed chase in Upstate New York, authorities said.

Alyssa J. Venable, who was briefly hospitalized after the chase ended in a crash, had been wanted by investigators in Spotsylvania County since Tuesday evening, when three people she shared a home with in the Fredericksburg area were found dead, reports the county sheriff’s office. said.

Although authorities have not disclosed how the roommates were killed, Venable has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a crime, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. As for a possible motive for the killings, the statement said the “investigation is ongoing and in its early stages. … We are withholding certain aspects of the incident.”

The victims were identified as Robert J. McGuire, 77; Gregory S Powell, 60; and Carol Anne Reese, 65, who lived in the 10500 block of White Street Court, near the town of Fredericksburg, about 50 miles south of Washington. After officers were dispatched to the home for a welfare check around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the statement said, “they entered the residence and discovered three adults…deceased from upper body trauma.”

Trooper Lynnea Crane, a spokeswoman for the New York State Police, said Friday that her department “has received information from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office that (Venable) may be in our area” while driving a 2009 Honda Civic drove. Troopers were alerted to the Honda’s license plate number and told to keep an eye out for the car, Crane said.

She said an officer spotted the Honda shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 86 in Angelica, N.Y., about 80 miles from Buffalo and 400 miles north of the crime scene in Virginia. The ensuing chase lasted approximately 40 miles at speeds of 100 miles per hour. It ended in Avoca, New York, where the car drove over a strip of flat tires deployed by police and crashed into a guardrail on a highway overpass, Crane said.

Avoca is located about 100 miles from the Canadian border. ‘Why was she here? This is not known at this time,” Crane said.

After the crash, Venable “complained of pain” and was treated at a hospital, Crane said. She was then held overnight in a local jail and appeared in a New York court Friday morning, where she waived her right to fight extradition to Virginia, Crane said, adding that Spotsylvania authorities are expected early next will travel to New York this week to pick her up. upwards. It was unclear Friday whether Venable is represented by a lawyer.

Venable was alone in the Honda, according to Crane, who declined to say whether any weapons were found in the car.

“Our detectives are working very closely with the New York State Police on evidence collection as this is still in the early stages,” Major Elizabeth Scott, spokeswoman for the Spotsylvania sheriff’s office, said in a statement.

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