Virginia fugitive nabbed

Published 8:28 am Tuesday, April 16, 2013

MURFREESBORO – Four minutes.

That’s how long it took officers with the Murfreesboro Police Department to arrest a Virginia fugitive after learning he was wanted by Franklin (VA) authorities.

Steven G. Montano, 30, of Franklin, VA was arrested late last week by MPD Officers David Griffith and Doug Wynn following a traffic stop on Main Street. Montano was wanted for allegedly raping a minor in Franklin.

“From the time we received the information from the Franklin PD that Mr. Montano was believed to be in our town, within four minutes he was wearing handcuffs,” said Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe. “I’m real proud of that type of response by my officers. This benefits everyone as this quick arrest took a man off the street that reportedly raped a child up in Franklin.”

Rowe said once the arrest was made, Franklin Police authorities were notified and dispatched investigators to Murfreesboro. Prior to their arrival, Rowe stated that a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle in which Montano was traveling.

“Evidence was recovered in that vehicle, which was turned over to the Franklin PD investigators,” Rowe said. “Hopefully the work we did in this case will assist the Franklin PD as they move forward with the prosecution phase of this case.”


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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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