ROANOKE POLICE ARREST MAN FOLLOWING VEHICLE PURSUIT
Roanoke, Va.- On December 8, 2016, officers received information on a wanted subject who was possibly armed within our jurisdiction. It was reported that the individual was at Motel 6 (6621 Thirlane Road, Roanoke, VA). Roanoke Police Officers responded to the location in an effort to locate the wanted individual. Upon arrival, officers observed a Gray Jeep driven by an individual that matched the description of the wanted person. Officers walked up to the vehicle, with badge and police markings visible, requesting the driver roll down his window. The driver refused to comply with officers’ commands and fled the scene in the vehicle around 2:31 p.m. A short pursuit ensued that went into Roanoke County and then into Salem. As the driver continued to elude officers, the suspect vehicle collided into the rear of a tractor trailer on Colorado Street at the intersection of Shanks Crossing in Salem. Salem Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. No injuries were reported due to the accident or pursuit. Charges are pending against the driver, identified as George Dean Wills, age 35, of Roanoke.
ROANOKE POLICE INVESTIGATE PURSE SNATCHING NEAR HOTEL ROANOKE
Roanoke, Va.- On December 11, 2016 at 6:36 p.m. Roanoke Police responded to the intersection of Wells Avenue and Jefferson Avenue NW to investigate a report of a purse snatching. The victim, a 24-year-old woman, told officers she was walking with her mother to an event at the Hotel Roanoke when the suspect approached them, pushed both the victim and her mother, and then took the victim's purse. The suspect was described as a light skin black male, heavy set, approximately 5'10", with short hair. The suspect was last seen running in an alley toward the Roanoke Higher Education Center. The victim and her mother were not physically hurt during the incident.
The victim reported the incident to security at the Hotel Roanoke, and then a hotel security employee called 911. Anyone with information on this particular incident is encouraged to call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500. Callers can choose to remain anonymous. Anonymous text messages can be sent to the number 274637 [Crimes]. Please start any text message with the keyword "RoanokePD:" to ensure that it's properly sent.