Rich Square man arrested on Virginia warrants

Published 5:47 pm Friday, September 15, 2023

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RICH SQUARE – A local man was arrested here on Aug. 31 on a fugitive warrant from the State of Virginia.

Michael Powell

Michael Powell, age 50 of Rich Square, was wanted by the Greensville County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office for two counts of breaking & entering, one count of grand larceny, and one count of felony destruction of property.

Upon his arrest, Powell was held without bond for the fugitive warrant pending extradition to the State of Virginia.

On Aug. 31, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, Ahoskie Police, and Greensville County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at a residence outside of Rich Square on Highway 258.

Northampton Sheriff’s deputies assisted the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office with an investigation of a breaking and entering / larceny that occurred Aug. 21 at a business in Virginia. Upon investigation by Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Office, it was discovered that one of the suspects occupied a residence in Northampton County.

Upon searching the residence on Aug. 31, Powell briefly barricaded himself inside and later fled on foot out a rear window. After a brief foot chase, Powell was captured.

Upon his arrest, Powell was also charged locally with possession of a firearm by a felon. For that charge, Powell was held under a $50,000 secured bond.

“This case investigation and strong working relationship by two neighboring county and state agencies shows a great example of law enforcement agencies working together for a common goal in protecting citizens and businesses,” said Northampton Sheriff Jack Smith. “In addition, the assistance of Ahoskie Police Dept. with their K-9 unit is always a great asset for operations such as this and greatly appreciated. When agencies work together, it creates great success and collaboration in our law enforcement efforts to combat crime. We would like to thank Greensville County Sheriff’s Office for their collaboration with our agency.”