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Luray Police arrest a Missouri man who avoided arrest for 15 years

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On March 1 Luray Police Chief C.S. Cook arrested yearlong Page County resident Charlie Benfield for crimes in Missouri.

Chief Cook was made aware of Benfield after a local businessman reported a suspicious transaction according to the Page Valley News report.

Chief Cook ran the perpetrators name and found he was wanted for misconduct with a 4-year-old child in Missouri.

The child’s mother did not want her then 5-year-old daughter to relive the incident in court so Benfield entered a plea agreement that included a plea of guilty to felonious restraint or simply holding someone against their will.

The agreement gave Benfield 5 years’ probation and an ankle bracelet.

Benfield cut the bracelet off and has been avoiding the law since 2008 until his arrest in Page County.

Chief Cook found Benfield outside a business in Luray.

Benfield attempted to flee and pulled a garage door down and Cook pulled the door back up and arrested Benfield without incident.

Benefield is scheduled to appear in Page County General District Court March 9 to review extradition restrictions to Missouri.

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