Suspect in custody after attempted abduction in Charlottesville

A man who allegedly attempted to abduct a woman last night on Cabell Avenue in Charlottesville is now in custody. James Robert Allen of Suffolk has been arrested after a 15 hour search. 

“A violent individual is no longer on the street,” said Charlottesville Police Chief Michael Kochis at a press conference today.  

Charlottesville Police Department were called to respond to a disorder and found multiple vehicles and trees struck by the suspect.

“Officers responded to the area and located a female victim who reported that an unknown male had strangled and abducted her,” Kochis said. “The victim was treated for injuries at UVA Medical Center.”

A press release reported that victim and is currently in stable condition.

Overnight, police identified the suspect in social media reports and stated he was wanted for abduction as well as strangulation or suffocation. Kochis said CPD appealed to other law enforcement agencies for assistance.

“Resources included air support, canine [support], and other technology which brought to bear in a very short period of time,” Kochis said. 

Allen will now be charged with the crimes after being taken into custody in Louisa County. Kochis thanked the community for sharing the Facebook post which he said was sent around 1,870 times within two hours. 

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