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July 1, 2013

“Violent” fugitive on run southeast of Warrenton

Fauquier County Sheriff's Office
Lafonzo French
Updated at 1:10 p.m. Monday

A fugitive with “a violent criminal history” broke free from police and ran into the woods southeast of Warrenton early Monday morning.

The subject of an intense manhunt, Lafonzo French, 40, remained on the run at 1 p.m. Monday, about seven hours after his escape. Police describe him as a 6-foot-2, 175-pound black man.

He was “last seen running in the woods in the area of 5600 block of Beach Road near Meetze Road,” sheriff’s Lt. James Hartman said. “He was wearing white boxer shorts. Has a violent criminal history.”

Mr. French, who escaped after the arrest at his home, faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and five felony charges: three for distribution of cocaine, one for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to Lt. Hartman.

The sheriff’s office used reverse 911 to send an alert to residents of the area, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies “assisted the Virginia State Police narcotics/gang task force with the service of a search warrant at 5:30 this morning,” Lt. Harman explained. “French was taken into custody and transferred to a deputy for transport. An incident occurred where French broke free of restraint and escaped.”

He urged residents in that area to “please, ensure all windows and doors remain locked until further information is available. If absolutely necessary, contact the sheriff’s office at 540-347-3300 for more information.

“We’re asking people to be extra cautious today and report anybody suspicious,” Lt. Hartman said. “Please, make sure sheds and outbuildings are locked.”

The search includes a state police helicopter, tracking dogs and officers “from several juridictions,” he added.

But, officers have reopened roads in the area and pulled out the mobile command post.

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LAM5 · July 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Who are you calling a creep? Hopefully not me cause you got it all wrong.
Freedom warrior · July 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm
Here in fauquier county, we have a heritage of letting people do whatever they want on their property. If we free the farmer to sell pig postcards and pie, then why not narcotics? I see this as another example of agenda 21 creep, wherein the county is taking away the right of commerce on private property.
LAM5 · July 3, 2013 at 8:10 am
Hate to think someone is hiding him! They should go down too...
LAM5 · July 3, 2013 at 8:10 am
True! Amen to that!
cameragirl · July 3, 2013 at 12:16 am
Sad excuse for a human and so are all the "people" defending him and telling him to run. I hope they find him and won't feel sorry if they shoot on site, one less person working people have to support.
LAM5 · July 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm
Pathetic! Wonder if he still wearing white boxer shorts? Doubt it...Good luck finding him..He gone! Great job to our Fauquier Deputies! WOW!The community will probably have to take care of it and Fauquier Sheriffs Dept will get the credit..Some things never change..We feel sooo safe!
Common Sense · July 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm
Lmao, 'Lafonzo' ??!! How can anyone take him serious with a name like that!
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