SCSO apprehend a Manassas murder suspect

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) reports the apprehension of a Manassas murder suspect at approximately 3 a.m. April 2.

The arrest occurred after the report of a suspicious man being around Stoney Creek Road and Interstate 81 in Edinburg.

Further investigation revealed that the man was traveling in a stolen vehicle out of Prince William County.

After contact with authorities in Prince William County it was discovered that Edward James Jackson Bland was wanted in connection with a double homicide in Manassas.

Prince William County Police confirmed that at 12:45 a.m. April 2 they responded to a carjacking by gunpoint.

The 61-year-old victim of the carjacking was unharmed in the theft.

After the stolen vehicle broke down in Shenandoah County, Jackson Bland arrived at a convenience store near Edinburg and was reported to police for suspicious activity.

Further investigation raised concerns and the need for a welfare check on an apartment complex in Manassas.

On arrival officers discovered 34-year-old Leann Renee Harris and 22-year-old Asia Payne both deceased by gunshots in an apartment.

It was revealed that the victims and Jackson Bland were known to one another.

The 36-year-old Jackson Bland of Manassas is charged with 2 counts of murder out of Prince William County.

Those charges are in addition to Shenandoah County charges that include possession of a stolen vehicle and public intoxication among other charges.

Jackson Bland is currently being held in the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional jail.

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