Central Virginia authorities team up to arrest fugitive on Treasure Island

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

(Photo: Courtesy Amherst County Sheriff’s Office)

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Authorities from across central Virginia teamed up on Tuesday to track down and arrest two people — including a fugitive — on the old Treasure Island.

According to officials, the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office was asked on Tuesday, Sept. 7 to help locate and arrest Ronald Kenneth Bailey Jr., who had been a fugitive since April for drug and firearm charges.

The sheriff’s office says that Amherst County investigators — along with members of several other law enforcement agencies around the Bedford County and Lynchburg areas — were able to find Bailey on the old Treasure Island, which is Liberty University property.

Using air, ground, and marine assets, authorities say they arrested Bailey, as well as Ashley Louise Shockney, without incident on Treasure Island. In addition, methamphetamine was reportedly recovered.

According to the sheriff’s office, additional charges are pending for Bailey and Shockney based on the outcome of the investigation.

According to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority, Bailey and Shockney are being held at the Amherst County Detention Center

Amherst County Sheriff E.W. Viar Jr. extended his appreciation to the following agencies for their assistance in this operation:

  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (Conservation Police)
  • Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lynchburg Police Department
  • Lynchburg Fire Department
  • Central Virginia Drug and Gang Task Force

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