Three S.C. homicide suspects caught on I-81 after high-speed chase | Winchester Star
WINCHESTER – Virginia State Police Officer Christopher Greene was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 81 in Woodstock at around 1:10 p.m. Friday when he spotted a black Ford Fusion heading north in Anderson, South Carolina, the getaway car in a Double homicide.
When Greene tried to stop the car, he said the driver led him on a chase to Winchester that reached 120 mph, and ended up with the driver driving in the lanes north-south and about a mile south at exit 310 (Va) fell 100 meters down an embankment 37). The suspects fled the Ford but were quickly arrested.
Greene said he had heard a previous “BOLO” broadcast about three suspects in a Ford Fusion with license plates from South Carolina. He followed the car and although the license plate in Tennessee was different from the one in the BOLO, he decided to stop the traffic because the men looked like the suspects. He said he activated his lights and sirens and the driver stopped at exit 298 in Strasbourg but fled when two other police cruisers arrived to assist Greene.
The driver drove at speeds between 90 and 120 mph, pushed his way in and out of traffic, and drove on the right shoulder during the roughly 10-minute chase of 20 miles, Greene said. No one was seriously injured in the persecution.
Around exit 313 in Va. 7, Greene said the driver had exceeded the median and had fled south. While driving south, the driver crossed the median north three times. “You’ve been back and forth several times,” Greene said.
The last time the driver crossed the lanes north, he fell down the embankment. Greene, who followed state police protocol never to follow a car that was going the wrong way on the freeway, continued south until he could turn back safely. He said he and other soldiers arrested two of the men at gunpoint.
The first man quickly surrendered near the car. The second was hiding in a stream near the car crash.
“We kept going through the woods, following the footprints in the snow and following them down to the creek, and they disappeared,” said Greene. “We kept going down the creek to see if we could see her on the other side, and at that point another soldier was watching a man wearing a hat in the creek.”
The third suspect was caught near the creek on Tasker Road at the intersection of Nature Drive and the Bowman Library in Stephens City. The area was searched for evidence by a state police dog and handler at around 2 p.m.
Anderson Police Department and Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore didn’t return calls on Friday afternoon or evening, but WHNS in Greenville, South Carolina reported that Daquavious Antonio Tillison, 24, and Lorenzo, 33, were reported Sanchez Hunter were fatally shot on a street in Anderson Saturday night. The city of about 27,000 people is located about two hours northeast of Atlanta.
Citing Anderson police, WHNS identified the suspects as William Christopher Flynn and Dominick and Frank Rhoads and said they could drive a Ford Fusion in 2014. Quoting the police and Tillison’s brother, WSPA TV station said the murders occurred outside Tillison’s house shortly after he returned from a bar where he had argued with three men. According to WSPA, Anderson police said Frank Rhoads shot Hunter and Tillison with a 45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and Dominic Rhoads drove him to and from the shooting. They said Flynn was with Dominic and Frank Rhoads.
Virginia State Police identified the driver of the Ford Fusion as Frank Rhoads and said he was hospitalized with minor injuries prior to booking. Rhoads, age and address not available, were locally accused of evading police, driving recklessly and driving with fictional license plates.
Greene, a soldier since 2017, said the chase was not his first, but rather his first involving murder suspects. He said he benefited from persecution training.