Office Injured in the Line of Duty
Two officers of the local police department in Fredericksburg, Virginia, were dispatched to arrest accused felon Christopher Marsh on Thursday, January 15th. They were acting on a call that indicated the perpetrator could be found at 1900 Woodlyn Drive. Upon arriving at the address, a female resident of the home denied Marsh’s presence and sought to get the officers to leave.
The female officer caught sight of the perpetrator and moved through the front door to make the arrest. Another male resident, later identified as Joshua Wallace, acted to keep the arrest from taking place, wrestling with the officer in attempt to gain control of her gun. The officer was injured during the struggle. As the male officer ran to his partner’s aid, Marsh was able to escape through the back of the home.
Wallace and the female resident, identified as Karen Fincham, Marsh’s girlfriend, were both arrested and taken into custody. Wallace was initially charged with assault on an officer and obstruction of justice. However, after a complete search of the premises, detectives also uncovered a large amount of drugs including painkillers and marijuana which were located in the children’s’ bedroom. This led to the additional charges of child endangerment and possession of drugs, possibly with the intent to distribute.
Fincham was also charged with obstruction of justice, child endangerment and possession of drugs. The two children found in the home, one of which was disabled, were put into protective custody.
A search team, including canines were dispatched to search for Marsh but they were unable to locate the felon who still remains at large. Marsh is described as a white male, around 25 years of age, weighing approximately 130 pounds. His hair is dark blonde or light brown. He has blue eyes. Any information regarding the perpetrator should be called into the police department at 830-997-7585.
Wallace and Fincham are currently in custody at the Rappahannock Regional Jail where they are being held without bond. The injured officer was transported to a local hospital to have her injuries examined. She was released shortly afterwards, with minor cuts and bruises and a dislocated thumb.
Target Stops Shoplifter
Police officers were dispatched to the local Target store at 1180 Carl D. Silver Parkway to apprehend a shoplifter. Target employees stopped Michele Bacum as she attempted to exit the store without purchasing the merchandise found in her cart. Ms. Bacum was put under arrest and taken to the Rappanhannock Regional jail where awaits a $3500 bond is posted on her behalf.